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SOLON– Not many 175-year-
olds will celebrate a birthday for
three whole days.
The City of Solon is gearing
up for just that, as the commu-
nity prepares to commemorate
175 years of incorporation Sept.
18 through Sept. 20.
To recognize Solon’s long his-
tory, organizers have prepared a
weekend of activities modeled
on the concept of a Chautau-
qua. Popular in the late 1800s,
a Chautauqua was a traveling
venue, often held under a tent,
that brought entertainment and
culture to communities with
lecturers, teachers, musicians,
entertainers, preachers and
specialists of the day. According
to Wikipedia, the late President
Theodore Roosevelt was quoted
as saying that Chautauqua is
“the most American thing in
America”.
Solon’s three-day anniver-
sary celebration starts Friday,
Sept. 18, with afternoon tours
of Solon and an alumni reunion
banquet at the Celebration Farm
on Highway 1 South, with social
hour from 4 until 6 p.m. and the
banquet at 6:30 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 19 will bring a
full day of activities for all ages.
A Hawkeye Luncheon, held 9
a.m. until 1 p.m. at Solon United
Methodist Church, will kick off
the day. At the Timber DOME
Lodge in Solon’s Recreation and
Nature Area, tours will again be
offered beginning at 9 a.m. and
master folk artist Marj Nejdl will
demonstrate Czech egg deco-
rating. Also on display at the
Timber DOME will be historical
photos and artifacts, as well as
the Solon High School history
project.
Next to the lodge, enjoy a
new twist on an old-fashioned
Chautauqua under the Chau-
tauqua tent, where choirs, band
and dance groups will perform
starting at 11 a.m. Learn about
fashion though the years at the
historical fashion parade and
military uniform salute, and
learn more about Solon’s strong
Czech heritage with music and
skits performed under the tent.
At 3 p.m., a Czech-style skit will
pay tribute to the community’s
Czechoslovakian roots.
Throughout the afternoon,
kids of all ages can test their
skills at old-fashioned games,
like an egg toss and tug-of-war.
Concurrently, families can enjoy
an ice cream social from 3 to 5
p.m. to celebrate the Solon Pub-
lic Library’s 50th birthday.
At 5 p.m., more live music
gets underway on the Solon
Recreation and Nature Area
main stage, with the Tornadoes
Blues Band from 5 until 7 p.m.
At 7 p.m., Bob Dorr and The
Blue Band will rock the crowd
through the night until the
fireworks show, which starts at
10 p.m.
All the festivities will be
topped off with great food from
area vendors, and adults can
cool off in the beer garden be-
ginning at 4 p.m., with domestic
brews as well as craft beer from
Solon’s own Big Grove Brewery.
To close the celebration, a
Sunday afternoon ecumenical
worship service featuring local
choirs will be held under the
Chautauqua tent from 1:30 until
2:30, just after the St. Mary Cath-
olic Church Fall Festival, which
takes place from 11 a.m. until 1
p.m. Sunday, Sept. 20.
Solon to celebrate 175 years Sept. 18-20
Ben Shepard sits patiently as he is made into a superhero by face painters from Funny Face by Lori at North Liberty’s Summer Lunch and
Fun program wrap-up Aug. 14, where lunch was served on the porch of the Ranshaw House in North Liberty. Face painting was one of the
kids’ activities offered to celebrate this summer’s last lunch day before the start of school. (photo by Lori Lindner)
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Solon Methodist
175th Homecoming
Celebration Aug. 30
SOLON– Solon United Meth-
odist Church will host a 175th
Homecoming Celebration Sun-
day, Aug. 30, to commemorate
the church’s origin, history and
accomplishments over the last
century and three-quarters.
An open house featuring
various commemorative dis-
plays and a church timeline
will be held in the church fel-
lowship hall at 9 a.m., followed
by an outdoor “Homecoming”
tent service at 10:30 a.m. The
service will feature former
Methodist pastors, the church’s
Double Quartette, and a guest
appearance by members of
the Eastern Iowa Brass Band. A
potluck dinner and ice cream
social will follow at 12:30 p.m.,
hosted by the United Methodist
Women. In the event of rain,
the service will be held in the
church sanctuary.
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Rendering of a possible civic campus on Cherry Street in North Liberty, which would
include city offices, council chambers and the North Liberty Police Department. (cour-
tesy of Shive-Hattery Architecture and Engineering)
North Liberty takes first look at possible city campus
City council ready to take
concept to the public
By Lori Lindner
North Liberty Leader
NORTH LIBERTY– North Liberty’s civic
campus is part of a plan nearly nine years
in the making, and it won’t likely come to
fruition for at least a couple more years.
The City of North Liberty has long
anticipated a comprehensive city cam-
pus, since RDG Planning and Design
conducted a study in 2006 evaluating the
city’s existing facilities and space needs.
That study concluded in 2007, with RDG
presenting a long-range plan prioritizing
recommended improvements including a
centralized civic services center.
Over time, the city has been chipping
away at RDG’s recommendations. Last
Tuesday, Aug. 11, the North Liberty City
Council was able to take a first look at
three conceptual drawings that would
condense city services to a single cam-
pus along Cherry Street between Front,
Dubuque and Main streets.
Brian Gotwals, of Shive-Hattery, pre-
sented three potential layouts, all of
which showed a 35,000 square-foot,
two-story building that would house city
hall offices, city council chambers and the
North Liberty Police Department (NLPD),
with distinct entrances for city business
and the NLPD. Renderings of the building
also showed a 3,500 square-foot third
level, which would offer an assembly
space and extra storage. Shive Hattery’s
estimate for the three-level building was
approximately $13.6 million.
In addition to a new city hall and police
department, Shive-Hattery’s concept plan
showed a 7,500 square-foot expansion
of the existing fire department across
Cherry Street– another of the needs iden-
tified in the 2006 study. That addition is
estimated to cost around $2.3 million,
bringing the total probable cost to nearly
15.9 million in 2015 dollars.
Gotwals said the city campus design
was created after a period of data collec-
tion, including a traffic study of the area,
departmental questionnaires and inter-
views with city staff and administration.
The three layouts differed slightly
in how the surrounding streets would
be reconfigured, possibly adding small
roundabouts along Dubuque Street or
realigning its intersection with Front
Street. Gotwals also showed the council a
configuration that would leave the exist-
ing streets untouched– at least for now.
“In the traffic study, the accident
counts were above average for the state,”
said Gotwals, noting the angled intersec-
tion at Dubuque and Front streets was
most problematic. “But they weren’t at a
level considered dangerous. In the end,
the traffic study concluded that even if
we did nothing and put a large building
there, it would work fine for between five
and 10 years.”
Gotwals said the proposed a parking
lot had potential for a sharing arrange-
ment with local businesses or patrons of
Penn Meadows Park after city hall busi-
ness hours, and green space included in
the plan could be preserved or sold for
private development.
The building’s brick exterior, stone
accents, shingled roof and distinctive
roofline–56 feet at its highest– gives the
sense that the building has been built
over the course of time, added Gotwals.
“The challenge was to make a building
considerably larger than its neighbors fit
in,” he said. “Creating a roof-scape really
helped. One signature element is the
(third) clear story, which is an identifying
figure for North Liberty. It says, ‘here is
the seat of government. This is a center
within the town, which is something
North Liberty really needs.”
That idea is a reiteration of RDG’s
report in 2006, which suggested the city
campus in part because North Liberty
lacks a downtown area or community
square. Since the initiation of the facilities
program, North Liberty has completed
seven major capital projects to address
cramped conditions and improve its
public service areas (see sidebar). The
centralized city service building is one
of just two items remaining on RDG’s
nine-point to-do list.
In 2009, as the administration out-
grew its former city hall and relocated
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Fair for parents-to-be Aug. 30
NORTH LIBERTY– The North Liberty Community
Library will host its first-ever Baby Fair on Sunday,
Aug. 30, from 1-3 p.m. There will be more than 30
local businesses and non-profit organizations sharing
information about community resources for expecting
families. This event, sponsored in partnership with
Mercy Hospital of Iowa City, is free and open to the
public.
Car seat checks will be offered by Safe Kids
Johnson County in the north parking lot. The Iowa
Kid Sight organization, through the North Liberty
Lions Club, will offer vision screenings for children
6 months to kindergarten age. Paige Prior Photogra-
phy will have a photo booth for expecting parents to
capture this moment.
The Baby Fair kicks off the library’s unique Womb
Literacy initiative offering services to educate expect-
ing families on the role they play in their child’s early
literacy development.
“The library staff recognizes that it’s vital for
parents to begin developing literacy habits such as
reading to their child before they are born, so that it
becomes routine to continue after baby arrives,” said
Library Director Jennie Garner.
Another Womb Literacy program is the new Stork
Story Time, scheduled to begin in September. Stork
Story Times are geared toward expecting parents to
enable them to learn about early literacy skills.
“By learning about these skills ahead of time,
parents and even older siblings will gain the knowl-
edge and confidence to play a role as their baby’s
first teacher,” said Assistant Library Director Jennifer
Jordebrek, who developed the concept for Womb Lit-
eracy. “It will also enable moms and dads to connect
with other new parents and start building a sense of
community and a network of support. Just as it’s nev-
er too late to learn literacy skills, it’s never too early,
either,” Jordebrek said.
Contact the library at 319-626-5701 or visit the
website at www.northlibertylibrary.org for additional
information.
Meet your local newspaper editor
events in September
NORTH LIBERTY– Ever wonder how a story gets
into a newspaper? Why did an editor choose one story
over the other? What makes a story newsworthy? How
can I get a notice about an upcoming event for my
community-based group into the newspaper?
How important is the local newspaper to my com-
munity and, most important, me?
Those interested have a chance to hear editors
of community newspapers, serving the Iowa City-
Coralville area and North Liberty, answer those ques-
tions and others at one of two public forums. The
forums will be hosted by the Iowa Center for Public
Affairs Journalism—IowaWatch. The forums will run
from 7-8:30 p.m., on Sept. 14 in North Liberty and
Sept. 15 in Iowa City.
The Sept. 14 North Liberty forum, at the North
Liberty Recreation Center’s Gerdin Conference Center
Large Meeting Room, will feature North Liberty Leader
editor Lori Lindner, Iowa City Press-Citizen executive
news director Tricia Brown and The Gazette editor
Zack Kucharski.
The Sept. 15 Iowa City forum, at the Iowa City Pub-
lic Library’s Meeting Room A, will feature The Daily
Iowan editor Stacey Murray, the Iowa City Press-Citi-
zen’s Brown and The Gazette’s Kucharski.
IowaWatch executive director-editor Lyle Muller
will moderate the forums. The forums are support-
ed with a grant from the Community Foundation of
Johnson County.
The Iowa Center for Public Affairs Journalism—
IowaWatch is an independent, 501(c)(3) non-profit
and non-partisan journalistic program dedicated to
producing high quality investigative and community
affairs journalism in Iowa while training journalism
students on this work at a high, ethical level. It oper-
ates the news website IowaWatch.org and IowaWatch
Connection weekly radio program while collaborating
with news organizations to bring attention to investi-
gative reporting.
North Liberty SHARE Iowa food
September packages
NORTH LIBERTY– “Great Food at Affordable Pric-
es.” SHARE is a non-profit, volunteer-run, no mem-
bership fees organization and is for everyone. SHARE
buys quality food in bulk from reputable venders.
Through SHARE’s unique food network, thousands
of individuals and families save money by stretching
their grocery dollars.
SHARE offers a great variety of food this Septem-
ber, at a savings worth noticing.
There is still time to grill with the Sirloin Steak Box
at $16.50. The box includes five 7-ounce choice sirloin
steaks individually wrapped.
The Breakfast Flatbread package offers a quick
breakfast with 24 2.4-ounce sausage, egg and cheese
flatbreads at $18.50.
The Best Value package, at $25, provides several
entrees, including a generous amount of fresh pro-
duce to round meals. The Best Value package offers
savings up to 50 percent when compared to super-
market prices.
Stock up the freezer for fall and winter with the
Frozen Vegetable Box at $14.50. Visit the SHARE web
site at www.shareiowa.org for a complete list of all
savings packages, orders can be placed online. Preor-
der by Sept. 13 for pick up on Sept. 26 at the North
Liberty Recreation Center between 10-11 a.m. The
local SHARE contact is Carmen, who is available by
phone at 319-626-3455 or 800-344-1107.
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NEWSLETTER
Recreation Center: 626-5716
Library: 626-5701
City Hall: 626-5700
RECREATION CENTER
HOLIDAY CLOSING
City Hall, the Community Center and Library will be
closed Monday, Sept.1, for the Labor Day holiday.
AQUATIC CENTER
CITY NEWS
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First session of fall
swimming lessons
begins week of Sept. 22
Back to School
School is back in session. Remember to keep your eyes
open for school children as they walk and bike to school
while the weather remains nice. Especially, watch your
speed and be careful in areas where kids cross major
streets to catch buses. As school gets underway, the police
department will be carefully monitoring speeds throughout
the community. Be safe, keep our kids safe, and make it a
great day for everyone!
Board Vacancies; Applications due Sept. 11
North Liberty needs you! You can make a difference in
many aspects of community development. Vacancies exist
on various City Boards and Commissions. You are invited
to take this opportunity to volunteer your time to serve on
any one of the following. Applications are available at the
City Administration building at 3 Quail Creek Circle or on
the city’s website, northlibertyiowa.org. Applications are
due by Sept. 11. The City Council will make appointments
at their Sept. 22 meeting for terms that will begin
immediately.
Iowa State Code requires that cities have gender balance
on all boards and commissions. With appointments and
reappointments, gender balance will be considered.
Applicants must be 18 years old and a legal resident of the
city.
• Board of Adjustment( One position – female vacancy)
The Board of Adjustment hears and decides appeals
for building permit approval when a permit has been
denied because of non-compliance with certain
requirements of the zoning code. This Board meets
only when an appeal has been filed. Appointments are
for a five year term.
• Transit Committee (One position)
Members of the Transit Committee will oversee
development of a detailed plan to provide intra-city
(within North Liberty) transit for residents on a trial
basis. This is an ad-hoc committee expected to meet
with City staff and Councilors periodically over several
months and ultimately make a recommendation to City
Council for operation of a trial service.
Special Census Jobs in our Community
In the near future, the U.S. Census Bureau will conduct a
Special Census in our community. We have requested it
and will incur the cost. Local residents are needed to work
as Enumerators. Enumerators visit households and collect
a few facts about each member such as name, age, and
relationship to the householder. Enumerators are paid
$13.55 per hour, plus mileage and paid training.
To be considered for temporary census employment,
review the job description fact sheet to determine if
you meet basic eligibility requirements. Then submit a
completed job application
to Debra Hilton at City Hall.
The job description fact
sheet and job application
can be viewed online by
clicking on “Employment”;
at www.census.gov/
programs-surveys/specialcensus.
html. Paper copies of both documents can also be picked
up at City Hall.
You will be contacted just prior to the Special Census to
take a job-related test to further determine suitability for
census employment. The job description fact sheet and
application also includes information about identification
documents you need to bring to the testing session. If
selected, you will be invited to attend a training class and
then given a work assignment that lasts approximately
three to five weeks.
For more information about Special Census jobs in our
community, please contact Tracey Mulcahey at City Hall,
319-626-5712, tmulcahey@northliberytiowa.org.
PRESCHOOL PROGRAMS
Mini Cakes
Each little one gets to bring a special guest to help them
decorate. Will it be mommy, daddy, Grandma or someone
else? Class will start with a short demonstration, then each
little one and guest will decorate their own mini cakes.
Saturdays; 10–10:30 a.m. Fee: $5 per session, per child
Ages: 2 - 6 years
Session Signup Deadline
Sept.12 .......................August 31
Oct. 3 ............................ Sept. 21
Nov.7 .............................. Oct. 26
YOUTH PROGRAMS:
Youth Cake Decorating
Learn the basics of cake decorating and have fun. Take
own mini cake home.Saturdays; 11 a.m.- 12 p.m.
Fee: $12 per session, per child. Ages: 6-14
Session Signup Deadline
Sept. 12 .....................August 31
Oct. 3 ............................Sept. 21
Nov. 7 ............................ Oct. 26
Outdoor Pool Hours:
Monday-Thursday: Closed
Friday 4–9 p.m.
Saturday, Sunday: 12 p.m.
Sun., Sept. 6: Last day for outdoor pool
WATER FITNESS CLASSES
Early Bird Aqua Aerobics
Water fitness includes aqua aerobics, stretch and strength
toning for the early birds to get the day started. Instructor:
Kim Lestina. Ages: 15 years & up (Younger with adult)
Tuesdays & Thursdays; 6:05-6:50 a.m.
Fees: $21-$29, or $4 drop-in fee per day.
Water Resistance Exercise Class
Exercise in deep water wearing ankle floatation cuffs.
Routine changes weekly to allow a challenge to different
muscle groups. Boxing in water is a great cardio workout.
Learn floating sit ups, jogging and bicycle in water.
Instructor: Sue Carter. Ages: 15 years & up
Mondays/Wednesdays/Fridays: 8-8:45 a.m.
Fees: $42-$47 or $4 drop-in fee per day
Aqua Boot Camp
Fun and energizing activities designed to help you reach
your fitness goals now. No swim ming skills are needed to
participate. Instructor: Janet Holland. Ages: 15 years & up
Tuesdays & Thursdays; 5:45-6:30 p.m.
Fees: $21-$36 or $4 drop-in fee per day if class is not full.
Saturday Aqua Aerobics
Get your weekend started off right with a high energy
water workout. We integrate lap swimming combined with
other activities in the water. All fitness levels are welcome!
Instructor Janet Holland. Ages: 15 years & up (younger
may attend with adult)
Saturday; 8:15-9 a.m.
Fees: $14-$23, or $4 drop-in fee per day is class not full.
Fall Brochure 2015:
Fall brochures are available online,
or stop by the Rec Center and get
one in person. Registration for
programs offered September through
December has begun!
RECREATION CENTER HOURS:
MONDAY-FRIDAY: 6 A.M.-9 P.M.
SATURDAYS & SUNDAYS: 8 A.M.-6 P.M.
FACILITY CLOSED MONDAY, SEPT. 7
Scrapbooking
Basics of scrapbooking will be introduced: cropping, layout,
design options and much more. Class fees include all
supplies except for the assorted pictures and memorabilia
(6-10 pictures suggested). Ages: 6-14. Saturdays; 11-11:45
a.m. Fee: $10 per session, per child
Session Sign up Deadline
Sept. 19 & 26 .......................... Sept. 8
Oct.10 & 24 ........................... Sept. 28
Nov. 14 & 21 .............................Nov. 2
YOUTH SPORTS
Tae Kwon Do: Adults & Children
Learn self control, self confidence, discipline, courtesy and
self defense. This activity is for the entire family. Uniform
required. Mondays & Thursdays; 5 -6:30 p.m. Ages: 7
years & up. Fees: $42-$53. Drop-in Fees: Beginners
(White belts)$7 per class; Color Belts $10.50 per class;
Black Belts $13.50 per class if not full.
SS1: Sept. 3-28 (No Sept. 7)
SS2: Oct. 1-26 (No Oct. 29)
SS3: Nov. 2-30 (No Nov. 26)
SS4: Dec. 3-28 (No Dec. 24 & 31)
North Liberty / Coralville Cooperative Leagues
• NLC Youth Volleyball
Ages: Juniors (Grades 3 & 4) as of Fall 2015 and
Seniors (Grades 5 & 6) as of Fall 2015
• NLC Youth Basketball
Ages: Grades 1-2; 3-4 & 5-6; Both Girls & Boys divisions
• Youth Competitive Boys Team Basketball League
Ages: Boys; Grades 5, 6, 7, 8
• Youth Competitive Girls Team
Basketball League -
Ages: Girls; Grades 5-6 /Grades 7-8
For information on cooperative leagues, call 319-626-5716.
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Recreation Center: 626-5716
Library: 626-5701
City Hall: 626-5700
SPECIAL EVENTS
North Liberty Fun Run/Walk
All are invited to participate in this family-friendly 5K!
Register by 4 p.m. Friday, Aug. 28, to receive a FREE
t-shirt with all 5K registrations. Registration available
online at www.GetMeRegistered.com.
Sunday, Sept. 20
North Bend Elementary
$15 per 5K participant
Free for children 12 & under
($5 per kid t-shirt)
Registration Deadline: Sept. 18
Penn Landing Market
North Liberty’s Farmers’ Market
at Pacha Parkway, Highway 965 & Penn Street
11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Every Sunday
May to October
Doggie Plunge
Bring your dog for some fun in the sun and water at
the 6th Annual Doggie Plunge! Please; one dog per
person. Must provide proof of current rabies and dis-
temper vaccinations the day of the event. Individuals
are not allowed to be deeper than two feet in the water
due to limited chemicals
for the dogs’ safety. If
dogs are unable to play
nicely with others, they
may be asked to leave
without compensation or
warning. Proceeds will be donated to the Cedar Valley
Humane Society.
Ages: 16 years & up.
DOGGIE PLUNGE
Thursday, Sept. 10, 3-8 p.m.
Friday, Sept. 11, 3-8 p.m.
Early registration = $7 per dog
Day of event = $10 per dog
ADULT SPORTS
Adult Co-ed Volleyball League
Six-player, self-officiated with two divisions.
Ages: 18 & up (women not in high school vb)
Sept. 13-Nov. 22
A League (Competitive): Sundays, 12-2 p.m.
B League (Recreational): Sundays, 3-6 p.m.
Location: North Bend Elementary School
Fee: $85 per team
Registration deadline: Aug. 30
Men’s Basketball League
Officiated 5-on-5 basketball league with two divisions. If
you have played basketball in college (D-1) you must be in
A League, unless you are 35 years & up.
Ages: 18 & up (not in high school)
Sundays, Sept. 20-Nov. 22
A League, 3-5p.m.; B League 5-9 p.m.
Location: North Liberty Recreation Center
Fee: $375 per team
Registration deadline: Sept. 6
Basketball
Get together for a half or full court pick-up game of
basketball. Check with the front desk for conflict dates
when programming takes precedence. Ages: 18 years &
up (not in high school)
Noon Ball: Sept. 1-Dec. 19
Monday-Friday; 12 – 1:30 p.m. at NLRC
Daily fee $2 per person or purchase monthly package:
Resident $10; Non-resident $15
Pickleball
Try pickleball; the cross between hand ball, tennis, and
badminton. Open play; free lessons during play.
Session: Sept. 1-Dec. 19
Monday – Friday; 8 – 12 p.m.
Sundays; 10 – 2 p.m.
Wednesdays; 6 -9 p.m.
Location: Inside at NLRC Jones Gymnasium; Court 2
Fees: Daily fee $2 per person or purchase monthly
package Resident $10; Non-resident $15
ADULT FITNESS
Cardio Kickboxing
Elements of boxing, martial arts and aerobics are used to
provide overall conditioning, cardio, strength,and flexibility.
Ages: 14 years & up
SS1: Sept. 1-29; SS2: October 1-29
SS3: Nov. 3-24 (No class Nov. 26)
SS4: Dec.1-29 (No class Dec. 24, 31)
Tuesdays & Thursdays, 7:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Fees: $21-$29, or $3.50 drop-in fee per class
RECREATION CENTER
SHELF LIFE
By Jennie Garner
Library Director
Celebrate National Library Card Month
September is National Library Card Month. We truly appreciate our
wonderful community members and businesses for their ongoing
support. We want to encourage everyone to use the library, stop
by for a visit and get your library card today if you don’t have one
already. If you’ve lost your card, replacement cards (normally $2) are
free during the month of September.
New Express Collection
Looking for the latest Janet Evanovich or David Baldacci book and
hoping you won’t be on a long waiting list? The library staff is happy
to unveil a brand new Express Collection in September. We’re
pleased to provide patrons with access to new popular titles that
will check out for a seven-day loan period. Titles will be available
on first-come, first checkout basis and are not available to place on
hold or renew. Not a quick reader? Don’t worry, we’ll still have copies
available for the regular three-week loan period that you can place
on hold. You’ll find the Express Collection on display with our new
adult fiction.
New Software Announcements
Staff is busy learning the new software at the library. Thank you
for your patience as we learn to navigate the new system, Polaris.
We’re excited to offer our patrons better management of online
library accounts. You have the ability to personalize your settings by
choosing your own username and password, keep a list of books
you’ve checked out in your history, set the system to alert you when
your favorite author has a new book is available at the library.
Another great feature is that our e-books and downloadable audios
are now available right from the Public Access Catalog (PAC). North
Liberty, Coralville, Iowa City and Johnson County residents have ac-
cess to our free Digital Johnson County collection with a library card
from your local library. Patrons are now able to search the e-content
directly in the PAC and place holds on e-books and e-audios. You
can even limit your search to e-content only. Library staff are unable
to place holds for patrons on e-content; that is available only to
patrons in good standing who are logged into their accounts.
Email or Text Notification Options
Polaris allows patrons to set up their preferences to receive email
pre-notification and overdue notices and/or a text option for overdue
notices. Note that pre-notification is only available via email. You
can sign up for these services online or by stopping by the library to
update your account. Overdue notices will be sent by U.S. mail on
a quarterly basis to patrons who do not have an email or text option
listed. Please be aware that due to time limitations, library staff is
no longer able to provide weekly phone calls to remind patrons of
overdue items.
Libraries Popping Up in North Liberty
Our adult services librarian, Elaine, is taking the library into the
community at the North Liberty Living Center beginning in Septem-
ber, with a second pop-up library there on the first Wednesday and
third Monday of each month. People will be able to sign up for library
cards, check out material, place holds and get information about ser-
vices or reference questions. Elaine currently provides pop-up library
service at the North Library Food & Clothing Pantry on the second
Tuesday and fourth Thursday every month.
School Visits
North Liberty Community Library staff had the opportunity to visit
local elementary schools to sign students and families up for library
cards at ice cream socials. Thank you to all of the schools for wel-
coming us on a busy night. We’d also like to thank South Slope for
providing a wireless hot spot device that we can use to bring library
services to the community. The hot spot will allow us to connect
to our library resources while we’re working at various locations in
North Liberty and surrounding areas.
New Walker at Library
There is now a walker available for patron use by the west entrance.
There’s even a basket under the seat for materials while you are
browsing the collection. A big thank you to CarePro Pharmacy for
providing a walker for the library.
Fall Program Brochure
The Library has an exciting line up of programs for all ages this fall,
including author visits, stork story time for expecting parents, a Vet-
eran’s Day presentation and appreciation reception and more. The
fall brochure will be available in the library and online in September.
The library staff strives to provide services and programs tailored to
meet the needs of community members and area residents. More
programming information and the current program brochure is avail-
able online at www.northlibertyiowa.org, or call 319-626-5701.
SEPTEMBER LIBRARY EVENTS
• Master Gardener Series
Thursdays: Sept. 3, 10, 17 and 24 (adult), 6:30 p.m.
Topics Include: Conifers for the Garden; Putting Your Landscape to
Bed; Plants of the Bible; & Extending the Growing Season
•Tough Talk Discussion Group – Thursday, Sept. 17, 6:30 p.m.
Come discuss and exchange views on “hot” topics. There will be a
selection of books and articles in the library on each month’s topic.
September’s topic is Concealed Handguns.
BOOK CLUBS
• Last Tuesday of the Month Book Club – Tuesday, Sept. 29,
6:30 p.m. September’s read is Moloka’I by Alan Brennert
• BYOB(ook) North Liberty Chapter – Friday, Sept. 25,
5:30 p.m. Discussing The Pines by Blake Crouch. Meeting at Cedar
Ridge Winery (1441 Marak Rd. NW, Swisher)
TECH TOPICS
Thursdays: Sept. 3, Sept. 10 and Sept. 17, 9:30 to 11 a.m.
Topics include: Polaris Introduction, Library Databases, Cool Stuff
with Your Card
NEW!
• Stork Storytime – Tuesday, Sept. 8 (Womb Literacy - for expecting
families), 7 p.m. Topic: How to Read Aloud to Children with
AmyRuth McGraw, Drama Teacher & Director of Undergraduate
Studies for the American Sign Language Program at U of I
(Cont.)
BABIES AND TOTS PROGRAMS
• My Baby Storytime– Tuesdays, 10 a.m.
• Tot time – Fridays, 10 a.m.
• Family Storytime – Saturdays, 10 a.m.
• Storytime – Wednesdays, 10 a.m.
• PJ Storytime – Thursdays, 7 p.m.
• Farewell Summer Craft Program- Friday, Sept. 4 (tots) 10 a.m.
FAMILY PROGRAMS
• Family Movie Night – Friday, Sept. 18, 6 p.m.
Bring pillows & blankets for your viewing comfort. You are welcome
to bring snacks & covered beverages. Popcorn provided! Check at
the library for the September title.
KIDS PROGRAMS
• Science Mondays– Monday, Sept. 14 (K-5th grade), 5 to 6 p.m.
Machine Making with Little Bits.
• Crafternoons– Tuesdays, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. (K-5th Grade)
• LEGO Thursdays– 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month,
2:30 to 4 p.m. (K-5th Grade)
TEEN AND ADULT PROGRAMS
• Safety Series with Chuck Tygart, NLPD
Monday, Sept. 14, 21 & 28 (teens & adults), 6:30 p.m.
Topics: Cyber Bullying/Harassment; Oops I Got in an Accident;
and Successful Interactions with Police during Traffic Stops
ADULT PROGRAMS
• Sociable Seniors – Mondays, 10 a.m.
• Stitching Around – Tuesdays, 7 p.m.
• Do Drop In – 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month, 1 to 3 p.m.
(Get extra computer help from Technology Librarian Janet Lubben
• Get Your Game On – 1st and 3rd Friday of the month, 12:30 p.m.
Join in on board & card games in the adult reading area.
6 • SEPTEMBER, 2015 • NORTH JOHNSON COUNTY
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Located on S. Front St. North Liberty
Between Garner & Van Allen Schools 626-6091
Colony
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a little country…in the city!!
www.colonypumpkinpatch.com
Fall Festival
Sat. Oct 3rd
FLASHLIGHT MAZE
Fridays & Saturdays 7-10pm
last entrance at 9:30pm
CORN MAZE
North Liberty
Community Pantry
Saturday, August 29th
Lunch Served from 11-3
Free Bouncy House for Kids
Hayrack Rides
www.northernridgefarm.com
2532 Cemetary Rd NW, Oxford 319-331-4816 • 319-530-0201 Bonnie
Annual Red Raspberry Days
Come & Enjoy
picking your own
raspberries or fresh
picked for you!
Fresh Produce, Grass-Fed Beef, Naturally Raised Chicken Fryers
Plum Creek Boutique
Fabulous Gifts with Flare!
Pedicures - Manicures - Tanning
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See website for complete listing of sessions.
We now offer moped classes.
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Te Right
Frame of
Mind
both public safety departments, the city entered into
a lease agreement for a fully furnished, 4,400 square-
foot office space in the Epley building (3 Quail Creek
Cr.) on Highway 965 to serve as a temporary location
for administrative offices, at a cost of $59,960 per year.
Initially, the plan was to lease the space for three years
and continue holding council meetings at the previous
chambers on Front Street. But in 2011, the city renovated
an adjacent 5,568 square feet in the Epley building to
serve as the new council chambers and relocate offices
for its legal and building department personnel, at a
cost of $73,000.
The city continues to renew its lease, at a current cost
of $173,699 per year.
Meanwhile, North Liberty officials have been prepar-
ing for the eventuality of a centralized campus by pur-
chasing properties along Cherry and Main streets over
the course of the last seven years. The city has spent a
combined $1,381,575 for seven properties.
To move the project along, North Liberty contracted
with Shive-Hattery in April 22, 2014, for the preliminary
design work, at a cost not to exceed $30,000.
Last week, after city council members saw the con-
cept drawings, City Administrator Ryan Heiar asked
the council how to proceed, noting that financing the
project has not yet been discussed.
“The elephant in the room we haven’t even talked
about is the cost; it’s a very high cost. We haven’t looked
at any financing or any options yet,” he said.
Heiar suggested a number of possibilities, including
looking for cost- or space-saving changes to the pro-
posed floor plan or consideration of completing the
project in phases.
The council stepped it back even further.
“I would like the next step, or very near it, to be public
input,” said council member Chris Hoffman. “The (re-
cent) input came from people who are going to be using
the space on a daily basis, but I would like for there to
be public comment– a couple times if possible. They
are ultimately the ones who say we can do this or not.”
Councilor Terry Donahue concurred.
“I am not prepared to discuss this at all,” said Do-
nahue. “I think it’s time to get it out to the public, get
some public reaction, and see where we initially stand
before we dive into this thing. Irrespective of the price
tag, they are the folks that are going to be paying for it,
not just us around the table.”
Heiar said a series of open houses could be held,
similar to previous sessions when North Liberty has
a slate of capital projects that impact the public, such
as the library expansion, street improvements or new
park designs.
Mayor Amy Nielsen said in addition to the open house
format, it would be important to provide opportunities
for the public to weigh in online as well.
While all agreed that the police station and fire
department are in need of more space, councilwoman
Coleen Chipman felt that overall price would factor
significantly in the public’s reaction.
“I think the bottom line is, people want to know how
it is going to raise taxes. We also need to factor in the
other costs we spend each year to rent facilities, our
storage space…we have to think of everything so people
can see the entire picture when they are looking at this
project,” Chipman said.
Heiar asked for more time to work on the numbers
and financing options, in to provide additional infor-
mation to the council before taking any further steps.
NL campus: Continued from page 2
Construction begins on Curtis Bridge Road NE south of Shueyville
SHUEYVILLE– Weather
permitting, construction
was scheduled to start
on Curtis Bridge Road
NE from Shueyville’s
corporate limit south to
the dead end of Curtis
Bridge Road NE on Aug.
24. Although Curtis
Bridge Road will remain
open to traffic, travel-
ers should expect lane
closures using pilot cars
and flaggers with the
potential for somewhat
lengthy traffic delays.
Construction should be
complete by the end of
October 2015.
The project involves
hot mix asphalt pave-
ment widening and re-
surfacing. LL Pelling Co.,
of North Liberty, will be
the prime contractor on
the project. The award-
ed contract price was
$785,296.82.
Visit the Secondary
Roads Department page
at www.johnson-county.
com and click “Road
Construction Updates”
for updates on this and
future projects. Follow
Secondary Roads on
Twitter @JCSecondary-
Road.
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SHUEYVILLE
SHUEYVILLE CITY OFFICE 319-848-7626
2863 120TH ST NE, SWISHER
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CITY OFFICE
HOURS:
TUESDAY & THURSDAY
9 AM TO 3 PM
SHUEYVILLE CITY COUNCIL MEETING
AUGUST 11, 2015
Brent Foss, Mayor Pro-tem called the regular
monthly meeting of the Shueyville City
Council to order at 6:35 pm on Tuesday,
August 11, 2015 in the council chambers
at the Shueyville Community Center.
Present: Brent Foss, Mickey Coonfare, Chris
Lacy, and Jerry Cada
Absent: Pam Larson
Citizens Present: Wayne & Peg Becicka,
Janice Horak, Jim Coonfare, Ray Wood,
John Castek, Maggie Burger(Speer Financial)
Roger Burns, Eugene Beard, Brad Anderson,
Gary Oberbroeckling
Resolution 2015-16 to accept resignation of
Markus Cannon as Mayor effective August
1, 2015 and Resolution 2015-17 to appoint
Mickey Coonfare as Mayor was reviewed.
Mickey Coonfare took the Oath of Office and
was sworn in as Mayor of Shueyville, Iowa
and conducted the remainder of the meeting.
Citizen’s Comments: A questioned was
asked if there is any progress on the Curtis
Bridge Road project with the county? The
answer was none.
Consent Agenda: No comments on agenda,
July 14, 2015 minutes or Treasurer’s Report.
1 permit was issued, for roof solar system.
Sheriff report: 28 items, 10, traffic, 6
suspicious/damage/distrub, 6 fire/emer/
medical, 2 phone, 2 bar checks, 2 animals.
Foss motioned, seconded by Cada, to approve
the Consent Agenda consisting of the Agenda,
July 14, 2015 minutes, Summary List of Claims,
Johnson County Sheriff’s Report, Permits,
Licenses, and Treasurer/Clerk’s Report. All
Ayes, motion carried 3-0.
Business The council asked if anyone was
interested in the open council seat. One person
was interested but wanted more time to think
about it. Council will re-visit it next council
meeting.
Speer Financial presented road improvement
payment options. The sunset expiration needs
to be verified but is believed to be 2028. That
will give the city a longer period to generate the
money needed to complete road improvements.
Public hearing will be held later if project goes
forward.
Quote was presented for fixing ground work
and grass on corner of James (north) and
120th that has not done well after 120th road
improvements. Council concern that snow
plowing will un-do work done this fall and
suggested talking with homeowner to repair
in spring.
Motioned by Lacy, seconded by Foss to deny
Resolution 2015-4 Maplewood, second addition
because the easement required by council
was not reflected in final plat. All Ayes, motion
carried 3-0
Motioned by Foss and seconded by Cada to
approve Resolution 2015-15 Adjustment of
Clerk/Office hours to Tuesday & Thursday 9am
to 3pm beginning August 18, 2015. All Ayes,
motion carried 3-0
Public Hearing is set for September 8, 2015,
next council meeting for Knox Box Ordinance
Ditch on Water St and Club Rd will be added to
mowing list and Stop sign to be replaced.
August 22, 2015 at community center beginning
at 9:30 a meeting will be held to review Iowa
Code, Chapter 21 and is open to the public.
City Engineer handed out county schedule of
repairs for Curtis Bridge Rd beginning August
31, 2015 which includes from the city limits of
Shueyville south to dead end of Curtis Bridge Rd.
Motioned by Foss, seconded by Cada to
approve repairs to intersection of Southview
Ln and Curtis Bridge Rd. Estimate $4,371.20
(L.L. Pelling) and All Ayes, motion carried 3-0
Proposed map for future road improvements
was introduced which included James Ave, south
of 120th, Steeple, Dean and part of Mill St. The
map presented is subject to funding, council
approval and is open for discussion.
Duball Electric found some electrical issues and
replaced a few lights.
Mayor, 1-2 Council Members and Clerk will
be attending Celebration of Cities Conference
hosted by the League of Cities for training in
Cedar Rapids, Sept 23-25, 2015.
Letterhead and stationary logos are located
on office computer.
Reimbursement for clerk expenses for clerk
school will be review next meeting.
Public Hearing on Sept 8, 2015, next
council meeting, for Ordinance No. 07-3-
15-01 Johnson County 2015 International
Building Code
A resolution will be presented at the next
council meeting for City Clerk to meet
with ECICOG to update City of Shueyville
Municipal Code of Ordinances.
Results of Shueyville Survey and Town
meeti ng was very hel pful and good
information. See website on home page for
results www.shueyvilleia.com
Mayor Coonfare will be attending Johnson
County meeting discussing minimum wage
requirements for the county August 12th.
Correspondence- no comments
Announcements Cada will get contact
information for city sign to Mayor. Check
on election applications.
Cada moved to adjourn the meeting,
seconded by Lacy. All Ayes, motion carried
3-0. Meeting adjourned at 9:09 p.m.
Mickey Coonfare, Mayor
Teresa Eadie, City Clerk/Treasurer
SWISHER– The U.S. Army Corps of
Engineers will partner with Iowa Audu-
bon for the Fifth Annual Pelican Festi-
val on Sunday, Sept. 13, from 11 a.m.
to 4 p.m., located across the road from
the IDNR headquarters at the Hawkeye
Wildlife Area, 2564 Amana Road N.W.
This is a free family event and there
will be guest speakers on a variety of
topics. Prime pelican viewing will be
enhanced with spotting scopes provid-
ed by the Iowa Department of Natural
Resources (DNR).
The festival also includes a variety
of engaging and educational displays
from local environmental organizations
and agencies. Exhibitors will include:
Bur Oak Land Trust, Cedar County
Conservation, Eastern Iowa Beekeepers
Association, Iowa Native Plant Society,
IA Ornithologists’ Union, Iowa Wild-
life Federation, The Songbird Project,
Macbride Raptor Project, Prairie States
Mushroom Club, Swisher Fire Depart-
ment, University of Iowa Museum of
Natural History and more. There will
be many activities for kids to enjoy and
spotting scopes provided by the Iowa
Department of Natural Resources. Food
will be available for purchase from
Scout Troop 211.
Rounding out the event will be free
face painting by Funny Face Designs,
temporary tattoos, children’s games,
crafts and more activities.
The event is hosted by the Iowa
Department of Natural Resources, Iowa
Audubon, Iowa City Bird Club, U.S.
Army Corps of Engineers and Cedar
Rapids Audubon Society. For more
information regarding the festival, call
319-338-3543, ext. 6300.
This event is free to the public and
opportunity to spend time with family.
For more information call the Coralville
Lake office at 319-338-3543 ext. 6300,
visit the web site at www.coralvillelake.
org, or check the Facebook page at
www.facebook.com/coralvillelake.
Fifth Annual Pelican Festival on
Sunday, Sept. 13, near Swisher
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8 • SEPTEMBER, 2015 • NORTH JOHNSON COUNTY
“Libraries should be open to all– except the censor.”
– John F. Kennedy
Summer Fun!!
Summer is winding down, school is getting closer,
soon we will be raking leaves and picking apples, but
for now, there is still a lot of summer fun to be had.
Fall Hours – New and Expanded!
School is back in session and that means we are back
to our regular hours. But we have added a couple
afternoons a week. We are now open Monday and
Wednesday afternoons. Stop in!
Monday & Wednesday: 1 to 8 p.m.
Tuesday & Thursday: 4 to 8 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m. to noon
Story Time
Thursdays 6:30 pm
Story Time is on a break until Thursday, Sept. 10. But
come join us then and every Thursday night this fall
for stories, crafts, music and fun. Best for ages 2 to 5
but kids of all ages are always welcome
Summer Reading Bingo
Jimmie Ann Gause of Swisher was the winner of the
“Basket of Swisher Sweets.” When last seen, Jimmie
Ann was busy counting all her sweets. Thank you to
all the business that added to a great prize package
including: Swisher Bank and Trust, Shelton’s Grocery
– Clothes line holder and Swisher Sweets, Shooter’s
on Second, County Cuts – Soy Candles, Kava House,
American Legion, Swisher Beauty Shop, Cedar Ridge,
Secret Cellar, Chalupsky’s Landscaping, Maddy B’s,
Connie’s, and Charlie’s. Thank you all, the program
was a big success with over 40 adults playing Reading
Bingo this summer.
Book Club
Our book for August is “My Name is
Mary Sutter” by Robin Oliveira.
In this stunning first novel, Mary Sut-
ter is a brilliant, head strong midwife
from Albany, New York, who dreams
of becoming a surgeon. Determined
to overcome the prejudices against
women in medicine– and eager to
run away from her recent heart-
break– Mary leaves home and travels
to Washington, D.C., to help tend the legions of Civil
War wounded. Books are in now, pick one up and
then join us for a fun discussion on Tuesday, Sept. 15,
at 7 p.m.
BRIDGES: Iowa’s eLibrary
Swisher Community Library is now participating
in BRIDGES: Iowa’s eLibrary, offering eBooks and
audiobooks available to download for free anytime,
anywhere. Library card holders can check out and
download digital media by
visiting http://bridges.lib.
overdrive.com or the link
from our website www.
swisherlibrary.org. Bridges
takes up where NEIBORS left off. If you were using
NEIBORS your information has been transferred and
you’ll be very familiar with how things work.
Swisher Library members have access to more than
16,500 eBooks and 7,500 audiobooks. Many titles
offer multiple copies for checkout, and users can
request to be emailed or automatically check out
items when they become available. Digital content is
borrowed for a set period of time and titles automati-
cally expire at the end of the lending period- there are
no late fees!
Users can browse the library’s website, check out with
a valid library card, and access borrowed titles via
PC, Mac, Kindle and other mobile devices with free
desktop and mobile apps.
This service is powered by OverDrive, which sup-
ports all major computers and devices and is free for
patrons with their library card. To get started down-
loading audiobooks and eBooks, visit http://bridges.
lib.overdrive.com or stop in and we can help get you
started.
Book Marks
from July 1st.
Council approved treatment of city ash trees. Kakacek
will post notices for residents to contact JLS Green Solutions
if want treatment/removal of their ash trees.
Council approved payment to Prairie Road Builders.
Council and Mayor discussed overage of bill of $1600. Vond-
racek explained the cracks on Division Street had widened
since spring and the engineer approved the increase. Svec
expressed desire not to use engineer for obtaining bids on
crack seal in the future.
Craig Davis of Dance Mor requested the council to
waive the monthly sewer fee as it is vacant and no longer
being used since last year. He noted that his water, gas,
electricity is disconnected. After discussion, Fults moved,
seconded Gudenkauf, to reduce his sewer
utility bill to zero amount until new owner-
ship of Dance Mor takes possession. Roll call
vote. Ayes: Fults, Gudenkauf, Stagg, Svec.
Nays: Hinrichs. Motion carried.
Council agreed to sell city equipment with
Gov.Deal and bids to be turned in and
opened at September 14, 2015 Council Meet-
ing.
Council approved curb replacement on
Aaron Court.
Mayor presented Iowa Code Chapter 717F-Definition of
Dangerous Wild Animal and recommended changes to pro-
posed Chapter 57 for Dangerous/Vicious Animals. Council
set public hearing date to September 14, 2015 at 7 p.m. at
Swisher City Hall for amended version of proposed Chapter
57-Dangerous/Vicious Animals and changes to Chapter 55.13
and 55.17.
Council approved debit/credit card payment program with
GovPayNet.
Council gave consensus to table plantings for west city sign to
Spring 2016.
Council referred vacating city street to P & Z from Dan
Thayer request to purchase unimproved street abutting south
of his property at 76 Howard Avenue SW. Millard Berry
expressed desire to purchase part of the street.
Council postponed changing Board of Adjustment Appeals
Fee to next regularly scheduled council meeting and include
discussion of rezoning fees.
Mayor wen t over the following correspondence with the
Council: letter from Johnson County Board of Supervisors
regarding proposed hourly rate increase throughout the
county; letter from Sue Snyder regarding the park; copy of
letter sent to Gazette of recommendations for transport-
ing people from Iowa City to Cedar Rapids and vise-versa.
Johnson County Sheriff’s July Report, FEMA Invitation to
Flood Risk Review Meeting, solicitors permit issued for home
automation, building permits issued for 123 Central Avenue
and 244 Alan Avenue were on the council table for review.
August 10
Swisher
City Council
meeting
highlights
Swisher Fun Days a success
Mayor Christopher Taylor called the council meeting to order
at 7 p.m. at Swisher City Hall, Swisher, Iowa, on August 10,
2015. All council were present.
Sonja LaGrange and Rebekah Neuendorf thanked
the City for their support of Swisher Fun Days. They
also thanked the Johnson County Sheriff’s Depart-
ment for their work. Hinrichs noted they did an
excellent job and were very well organized.
Library Director Report: Hoover reported the following:
teens will be helping throughout the school year, book fair
will continue to next Thursday, teen room furniture should
be delivered next Friday, library board has started long range
planning sessions with state paid consultant, library will be
upgrading the computer system the first week of school, and
Hoover won Association of Rural and Small Libraries Schol-
arship to National Library Conference. She
also presented new library books.
Sheriff Report: Fults noted firecrackers
have been set off and on since July 4th and
has concern of safety for residents.
Mayor Report: Mayor noted the follow-
ing: Fun Days went well and the committee
will have a debriefing meeting; he attended
Joint Entities Meeting and volunteered City
of Swisher as part of the sustainable energy
group.
Council Reports: Svec gave overview of
the fire department annual report. Fults noted the following:
nonresidents of City of Swisher are dumping brush at city’s
brush dump site; she inquired if the plantings for the east city
sign were done and if the tree was removed at park. Vond-
racek noted the plantings have to wait until he replaces the
deteriorated posts on city sign and will remove the tree. Fults
inquired about the trail improvements. Kakacek will contact
Park Commission to set a meeting and discuss trail. Hinrichs
noted there is no stop sign going east from 3rd Street to
Central and concern of safety. She inquired of email sent re-
garding visibility on corner of Green Castle and 120th Street.
Kakacek noted the Mayor, Vondracek and complainant are
going to meet to review this area and a letter had been sent
out to owner before complaint was received. Gudenkauf re-
ported that she and Stagg have not met with Johnson County
Board of Supervisors representatives regarding purchase
of county shed as waiting for response on who the contact
people are.
Employees’ Reports: Vondracek noted the following:
he passed lab certification test; working on the air dryer at
sewer plant; sewer backed up at Kasparaks and may camera
that line; Fun Days went great working with LaGrange and
Neuendorf; he attended wastewater treatment continuing
education; the engineer and he reviewed culvert issue on
Orchard Street. Fults noted there is a hole on south side of
Maple Street and Swisher View Drive. Mayor noted that we
are a Grade 3 wastewater treatment plant. Vondracek gave
details of this from the previous engineer and noted Furler
is contacting DNR of what needs to be done. Kakacek noted
a lot of electronic utility payments have been turned in and
monthly utility billing has started.
Council held public hearing and approved ordinance to
change library board commencement date to January 1st
Phone: 319-857-4539
Fax: 319-857-4529
E-Mail: swisher2@southslope.net
City of Swisher
66 Second Street
P.O. Box 279
Swisher,Iowa 52338
City Office Hours:
Mondays 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.,
Tuesdays, Thursdays and
Fridays 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
News
If you stop by to play at the youth park near Swisher City Hall, you’ll have a place
to sit thanks to newly installed benches. Swisher Community Fund purchased two
benches thanks to the generosity of our donors. Thank you to all who contributed.
Swisher Fun Days 2015 was bigger and
better than ever. Dozens of volunteers, local
businesses, and community organizations
came together to show pride in their city
and to promote Swisher as a fun, vibrant
“Place to Call Home.”
I want to personally thank Organizing
Committee Co-chairs Sonya LaGrange and
Rebekah Neuendorf for the hundreds of
hours they put in to make Fun Days 2015 a
success. They have shown a devotion to our
community to which we should all aspire.
SWISHER
FARMER’S
MARKET!!
The newly created Swisher
Farmer’s Market will be
held every other Thursday
night from 4:30 to 7 p.m. at
the empty lot west of Swish-
er Library. Dates of the
market are: Sept. 10, Sept.
24, and Oct. 8.
WELCOME all local
vendors, farmers and
backyard growers. Set up
your own booth and tables
and participate in one or
all of the dates. NO FEES!
Please contact City Clerk
Tawnia Kakacek at 857-
4539 for more information
and to sign up.
Events like Fun Days can’t happen without
committed volunteers, organizers, sponsors
and community partners. To all who were
involved in this year’s Swisher Fun Days,
your city thanks you.
- Mayor Christopher Taylor
Thank You, Fun Days Volunteers
Upcoming meeting dates:
Council meeting: Sept. 14 at 7 p.m.
Planning and Zoning meeting:
Sept. 28 at 7 p.m.
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L&C Marble Granite Supply in North
Liberty offers a variety of stone materi-
als and installation at reasonable prices.
Call Cody Chen at 319-936-1232 for an
appointment. (submitted photo)
Stone walled: ...floors and counters, too, at L&C Marble Granite Supply
By Lori Lindner
North Liberty Leader
NORTH LIBERTY– Cody Chen is used
to serving up hot, delicious Chinese
take-out cuisine.
Now, he and a family member can
also create a beautiful kitchen counter
on which to serve it.
Cody, owner of Yang Chow Wok, and
his cousin, Lam Chen, have established
a second business in the North Liberty
area, L&C Marble Granite Supply.
Lam learned the trade of cutting and
installing beautiful stone– primarily
marble and granite– in Hong Kong,
where Lam’s family has a long-estab-
lished business in the industry.
In fact, Lam’s family installed all
the marble flooring in the Hong Kong
International Airport, Cody said, as well
as finishing the lobbies in many large
hotels and office buildings in that city.
After 15 years of doing granite and
marble work in Hong Kong, Lam moved
to Chicago, where he had a profitable
business of his own. However, the de-
sire to move his family close to better
schools led him to Iowa, and Lam’s
children now attend Iowa City Regina.
With all the residential and commer-
cial construction taking place in the
area, North Liberty was a good fit for
his marble, granite and tile business as
well.
Marble– metamorphosed sedimen-
tary rock– is mined in locations all
over the world, from Italy to Macedo-
nia to Germany and the United States.
However, only four countries together
produce half of the world’s marble, and
China is second in that realm, account-
ing for 16 percent of the global marble
supply behind Italy’s 20 percent, ac-
cording to Wikipedia. And even though
the United States quarries a significant
amount of marble, much of the coun-
try’s supply is imported from China
because the cost of cutting the stone is
less there, according to Cody.
“Labor is very expensive to cut
stone,” said Cody. “But in China, labor
is cheap.”
Lam’s connections to his family’s
business also translates to cost savings
for Lam and Cody’s customers here.
The company gives free estimates, and
offers products– installation includ-
ed–starting at $39.95 per square foot,
and accepts large or small jobs for
floors, backsplashes, bathroom tiling
or countertops throughout the home or
business.
Cory Hodapp, of CJ’s Construction
General Contracting in North Liberty,
is familiar with L&C’s work, said Cory’s
wife Melissa Hodapp, of Skogman
Realty.
“We used them to complete our
kitchen backsplash about a year ago
and they did a great job,” said Melissa.
“Since then we’ve used L&C in all of our
new construction homes in which we
install granite. I’ve also referred him to
a couple of friends, and they’ve all been
happy with their work.”
Cody is the marketing manager
for L&C Marble Granite Supply, and is
excited about sharing the news of the
business start-up. His role in the new
business is an addition to owning the
Yang Chow Wok restaurant, an already
time-consuming venture that has been
a successful part of North Liberty’s
commercial landscape for more than 10
years.
“I work hard,” he said, but having his
sister run the restaurant allows him the
time to devote to L&C Marble Granite
Supply– a job he accepted not because
of money, but because he believes in
the business.
“I want people to know we will do a
good job at a good price,” he said. “It’s
about doing the best we can for our
customers. And we’ll be here for a long
time. We won’t be here for just one or
two years and then leave.”
Call Cody at 319-936-1232 for an
appointment to get a free estimate, or
to visit the store at 955 236th St., Unit
3A, North Liberty.
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SOLON– The landscape of Solon is changing. With
new bars and restaurants popping up in Solon’s
downtown area, including Big Grove Brewery, Salt
Fork Kitchen, Eastwood’s and Red Vespa, more people
are being drawn to visit. One new business, Buck
Creek Hops, aims to help maintain Solon’s growth as
a culinary and craft beer destination.
Buck Creek Hops is a local hops farm that is at-
tracting attention from brewers all over the Midwest.
Currently, the 100-acre farm has 25 acres of hops,
plants used primarily as a flavoring and stability
agent in beer. Buck Creek Hops founder Mark Pattison
hopes his business will captivate beer lovers.
“We want to make Solon the Napa Valley of beer.
People can come tour the hops yards, then go to the
brewery, or Vespa. Solon has truly become a destina-
tion spot, which is great.
It’s been great for the city,
the brewery and all these
bars,” Pattison said.
The idea of creating
the hops farm came about
from Pattison’s decision
to brew his own beer. He
wanted to be able to state
on the can it was brewed
with his own hops. So
Pattison began exploring
the idea.
“Through hours and
hours of research I
figured out that there’s
a huge shortage of hops
in the U.S., and there’s
approximately one to
one-and-a-half new brew-
eries opening every day.
Because hops take two
to three years to mature,
it’s hard for that to ever
catch up to the demand,”
Pattison said.
The growing number of microbreweries has espe-
cially affected the hops shortage, because they use
more pounds of hops per barrel compared to con-
ventional beers like Budweiser and Coors. Due to this
high demand and lack of product, hops prices have
been driven higher.
A farm for
beer lovers
Buck Creek Hops to sell hops to
breweries all over the Midwest
Buck Creek Hops founder Mark Pattison, of Solon, stands with one of his hops plants in front of his new 120-foot
processing building July 28. (Photo by Brittani Langland)
“We’re right in the perfect storm right now, with
the whole brewery boom, and that’s not going to
change, because kids today are growing up on micro-
brews,” Pattison said.
Although hops farms presently aren’t very com-
mon, Iowa was one of the larger hops-producing
states in the country prior to prohibition. According
to Pattison, the rich Iowa soil still has great potential
for the plant.
“So we took a look at (the information) and thought
‘okay let’s grow hops.’ We have a rougher farm; it’s
not real good for a lot of other crops, but let’s grow
hops.” Pattison said.
Buck Creek Hops started with a test plot in 2014.
The process began by setting up tall poles, and
attaching twine to the top of the poles and to the
ground. The hops are then planted at the base, and
are trained to grow up the twine. To avoid disease,
however, the hops began as seedlings with a company
in Wisconsin before they ended up at the Solon farm.
After a successful first trial, Buck Creek Hops in
2015 added 25 acres of seven varieties of hops: Cas-
cade, Chinook, Centennial, Columbus, Nugget, Triple
Pearl and Sorachi Ace.
“Each plant, at full maturity, will produce two
pounds. So we should have somewhere between
50,000 to 70,000 pounds of hops in the next two to
three years that we will sell throughout the Midwest
to breweries,” Pattison said.
Before the hops can be sold, they first must be pro-
cessed. A hop grows in cone form, but most breweries
prefer them in pellet form. To get them in pellet form,
Pattison and his team start their harvest by cutting
the twine which the plant has woven around. Next,
the strands are fed into a Wolf machine, purchased
from Germany, that uses fingers to pick the cones off
the plant. In the business’ new 120-foot building, the
hops are dried to a level of 10 percent moisture. Once
dried, they are processed, which includes being baled,
pelletized and packaged.
“There are also a lot of small growers in Iowa that
maybe grow a quarter of an acre or half an acre of
hops. What we want to do is create a co-op where
we have contracted farmers that bring them to us to
process,” said Pattison.
While Pattison only started his farm in 2014, Buck
Creek Hops is already the largest hops farm in Iowa
and the second largest in the Midwest. It has also
generated many supporters.
“A lot of the local brewers I met on RAGBRAI
stopped by our booth wondering if they could order.
That’s why we made a website, so brewers can order
one or two ounces,” said Buck Creek Hops’ Marketing
and Public Relations Director Jaime Bell.
For Pattison, the hardest aspect of maintaining a
hop farm is the labor. The most time-consuming job
is training each individual plant to grow clockwise
around the twine.
“The plants are perennial, so they’re good for 20-
25 years, which means the first year is the biggest
part of the job. We put in 1,500 poles, 15 miles of
quarter-inch cable, and we hung 30,000 twine strings.
So we will have 25,000 (plants) next year. It’s very,
very labor intensive,” Pattison said.
Pattison’s team includes his brother Lee Pattison,
brother-in-law Dan Paca, and friends Chad Henry and
Spencer Weeks. With 2015 being their first commer-
cial year, they have high hopes for the future.
“We want to keep expanding. Our goal is to grow
to 50 to 60 acres. We would like to add barley to the
mix, as well. A lot of the brew masters asked for malt-
ed barley. We’ll want to continue to grow our hops
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Creek Hops farm. (Photo
by Brittani Langland)
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SOLON SENIOR ADVOCATES
August 2015 News
PROPOSED SENIOR
ADVOCATE TRIPS
All trips leave from Solon Recreation
and Nature Area. *Denotes bus trips.
Thursday, Sept. 10: Dumont Train/
Tractor Museum, Sigourney.
*Thursday, Oct. 15: Breitbach’s/Gays
Mill.
*Wednesday, Nov. 18: Circa 21 “A
Wonderful Life.”
* Wednesday, March 2: Circa 21
“Phantom.”
Call 624-2710 or 430-8655 for infor-
mation and reservations.
Notice: If you have signed up for a
trip please let us know two weeks in
advance if you must cancel as we need
to reserve a bus and often purchase
tickets ahead of time.
MINI-BUS
The Advocates are organizing a
Thursday, Sept., 3 trip to Forever Green
Nurseries hoop house learning about
butterflies then visit the tropical fish
at Coralville Bay. Call 624-2710 for
reservations.
The Advocates also wish to extend
an invitation to groups, individuals and
organizations, not necessarily seniors,
to request the use of the mini-bus for
area day trips. The Senior Advocates
will coordinate with the requesting
party the organizing and scheduling
of each trip and will provide volunteer
drivers. Base charge is $25 plus 70¢
per mile for requested trips. For more
information, please call 855-9797 or
624-2710.
SINGLES HOUSEHOLD
SUPPORT GROUP SEPT. 16
The Solon Public Library and the Se-
nior Advocates held the fourth Singles
Household Support Group Wednes-
day, Aug. 19. The next meeting will
be Wednesday, Sept. 16, at the Solon
Public Library at 9 a.m. Dave Frisbie
will talk about things he can help with
around the house, a rep will tell the
wonders of “Super Cloth,” the European
cleaning secret and more discussion
about a quilting group start-up. Come
check us out!
MEAL & A MOVIE SEPT. 25
Next Meal & a Movie, Friday, Sept. 25,
will feature “The Imitation Game.” In
1939, newly created British intelligence
agency MI6 recruits Cambridge mathe-
matics alumnus Alan Turing (Benedict
Cumberbatch) to crack Nazi codes,
including Enigma– which cryptanalysts
had thought unbreakable. Plan to join
us by calling 624-2710 for reservations.
We have a drawing each month for a
gift certificate to one of Solon’s restau-
rants.
GET MOVING!
Don’t forget to pop up to Our Lord’s
Church Tuesdays at 10 a.m. for some
exercises to loosen you up and keep
you moving through the week. Carol
Tobias has organized a great routine,
not too strenuous and designed to help
keep you fit! Just drop in and try it out!
CANS & BOTTLES
Bev Noska is retiring from the can
collection work she has done for years
significantly contributing to the Ad-
vocate trips taken over the years. We
thank her for her loyal and steadfast
support and wish her well in exploring
new things!
CHORES
Dave Frisbie will help with chores
requiring a ladder or step-stool, lifting
or moving bulky items, hauling items
requiring a truck and home safety in-
spections. Give him a call at 624-6024.
HOUSE CLEANING
Jennifer Lane, 389-0665, $15/hour.
References call 624-2710.
SENIOR ADVOCATES:
Art Tellin: 624-2824 or 855-9797
Barry Byrne: 354-8757
Don Burch: 624-4054
Carol Tobias: 351-6707
Larry Meister: 624-2516
Clayt Patterson: 624-3859
Jeanne Erhart: 624-3686
Sandy Hanson: 624-2710 or 430-8655
JOHNSON COUNTY–
City government elections
will be held on Thursday,
Nov. 3. Important dead-
lines for anyone consider-
ing running for office are
listed below. Beginning
this year, city election
candidates should file
their nomination papers
with the Johnson County
Auditor’s office, not with
their respective cities.
Vacancies in this area
include:
• North Liberty: Three
council seats (four-year
terms)
• Oxford: Mayor (two-
year term), three council
seats (four-year terms)
• Shueyville: Mayor
(two-year term), three
council seats (four-year
terms)
• Solon: Mayor, two
City elections to be held Nov. 3
Filing deadline
for most cities
will be Sept. 17
council seats (four-year
terms)
• Swisher: Mayor, three
council seats (four-year
terms)
• Tiffin: Mayor (two-
year term), two council
seats (four-year terms).
one council seat (two-year
term to fill vacancy)
The cities of Coralville
and North Liberty require
25 signatures. All others
cities require 10 signa-
tures.
Dates and Deadlines:
• Aug. 10-27: Candidate
filing period, Iowa City/
University Heights only.
• Aug. 24-Sept. 17: Fil-
ing period for all other
cities.
• Friday, Oct. 23: Voter
pre-registration deadline,
5 p.m. Voters can still
register after the deadline
using the election day reg-
istration procedure.
• Friday, Oct. 31: dead-
line to request absentee
ballot by mail, 5 p.m.
• Monday, Nov. 2: Post-
mark deadline for absen-
tee ballots to be counted.
• Tuesday, Nov. 3: Elec-
tion Day. Polls open 7 a.m.
or noon (to be determined
by cities), close at 8 p.m.
St. Mary Catholic Church hosts
Harvest Festival Sept. 20
SOLON– St. Mary Catholic Church in Solon will host
its annual Harvest Festival on Sunday, Sept. 20, from
11 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. The community is invited to
enjoy a chicken dinner, children and family activities,
silent auction and more. Tickets are on sale at the
church.
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September activities for Old Gold Diner
Bingo: Tuesdays and Thursdays at 11 a.m. and fol-
lowing lunch, penny bingo for prizes, with black-out
for a free Old Gold Dinner meal as the prize.
Cards: Fridays. Warm up before lunch (11 a.m.) and
play as long as you like in the afternoon. Euchre and
bridge are the choices currently, other suggestions
are welcome.
Recycled greeting cards are available for pur-
chase. They are just 50¢ each,
Special Dessert Day: Wednesday, Sept. 2: Special
homemade dessert will be offered along with the reg-
ular menu, please call for reservations.
Sept. 8: Representatives from the City of Solon will
be on hand to dine with patrons, answer questions
and present an update on what’s going on around
Solon.
Old Gold Diner Site Council meets Sept. 8 at 1:30
p.m. Everyone is invited to help plan activities, enter-
tainment and everyday operations. Those unable to
attend can call to 319-624-2551 with comments and
suggestions.
Thanks to Marie and Kyle Mahoney of Mahoney
Insurance for sponsoring the August meal.
Next Sponsored Meal, Sept. 9: Sponsored by Mercy
Family Practice in Solon.
A Foot Clinic will be held Sept. 10. Interested
patrons may contact Bev Noska or Duane, at the Old
Gold Diner, for information or sign up at 319-624-
2251. Old Gold Diner is pleased to offer this service,
provided by the Visiting Nurses Association, for only
$12.
The fourth graders return, Sept. 16: Sign up to
dine with them and be enlightened by the lively and
interesting conversation.
OLD GOLD DINER FUNDRAISER, SEPT. 23: Double
entertainment, back by popular demand, Johnny
Krob, The Singing Cowboy, will delight us with music
during the meal and, shortly after the meal, Joan and
Jennel will entertain us with country, blues, gospel
and yodeling. There will be a special meal. Watch the
Solon Economist for more information. The cost of
this meal will be $7 with no Old Gold Diner tickets be-
ing accepted. Proceeds will be used to continue enter-
tainment on a monthly basis, and to pay for meals for
those unable to afford them. Attendees are asked to
call ahead for lunch reservations, 319-624-2251. Extra
contributions are also welcome at any time. Following
the meal, local celebrities will be put in jail with the
hope that their friends, family and maybe enemies,
will bail them out.
The Visiting Nurses will provide the annual Flu
Clinic, Sept. 24, at the Old Gold Diner. The Visiting
Nurses will provide shots starting at 9 a.m. and finish
at 11 a.m. No appointment is necessary.
Volunteers are needed to assist with set-up,
serving and cleanup. To volunteer, contact Duane at
319-624-2251. He will coordinate the staffing require-
ments.
Help support the program by purchasing a 35th
Anniversary Mug. Proceeds help those who cannot
buy meals afford them and provides activities and
entertainment for everyone.
OLD GOLD DINER
Tuesday, Sept. 1: Mediterranean
pork loin, long grain wild rice, Greek
chop salad, lemon angel food des-
sert. Bingo AM & PM.
Wednesday, Sept. 2: Swiss
steak with tomato, parsley noodles,
cabbage with dill, fresh fruit cup,
homemade dessert surprise.
Thursday, Sept. 3: Chicken
enchilada casserole, corn, spinach
salad, mini cinnamon sugar stick,
ice cream sundae. Bingo AM & PM.
Friday, Sept. 4: Salmon cro-
quette, creamed potatoes, lemon
broccoli, pineapple and cottage
cheese, carrot cake oat bars. Cards
AM & PM.
Monday, Sept. 7: Labor Day!
No meal.
Tuesday, Sept. 8: Lasagna,
sweet Italian green beans, garlic
toast, ice cream and cookies. City
representatives. Bingo AM & PM.
Site Council 1:30.
Wednesday, Sept. 9: Seasoned
pork loin, baked sweet potato,
Scandinavian veggies, cake and
ice cream. Sponsored meal – Mercy
Family Practice of Solon.
Thursday, Sept. 10: Breaded
haddock fillet, steak fries, pea
salad, fluffy tapioca pudding. Foot
clinic AM. Bingo AM & PM.
Friday, Sept. 11: Salisbury steak,
mini baked potato, savory carrots,
pineapple/orange cup. Cards AM
& PM.
Monday, Sept. 14: Hushpuppy
fish fillet, hashbrown casserole,
green beans, peach cobbler.
Tuesday, Sept. 15: Sage stuffed
chicken, long grain wild rice, Scan-
dinavian vegetables, berry layer
dessert. Bingo AM & PM.
Wednesday, Sept. 16: National
Peach Pie Day. Breaded pork ten-
derloin, potato salad, baked beans,
peach pie/ice cream. 4th graders to
dine with seniors.
Thursday, Sept. 17: Roast beef,
mashed potatoes, spinach salad
with bacon, frosted cake. Bingo
AM & PM.
Friday, Sept. 18: Baked enchila-
da, corn, mini cinnamon sugar stick,
fresh fruit. Cards AM & PM.
Monday, Sept. 21: Savory pork
chop, parsley potato, broccoli,
lemonade dessert.
Tuesday, Sept. 22: National Ice
Cream Cone Day. Roast turkey, gin-
ger rice, carrots, vanilla ice cream
drumstick. Bingo AM & PM.
Wednesday, Sept. 23: Old Gold
Diner Fund Raiser. $7.00 / meal.
Johnny Krob and Joan and Jennel
will be entertaining.
Thursday, Sept. 24: Traditional
meatloaf, scalloped potatoes, coun-
try trio vegetables, cherry gelatin
dessert. Bingo AM & PM.
Friday, Sept. 25: Beef tips/gravy,
whipped potatoes, buttered beets,
peanut butter chip cake. Cards
AM & PM.
Monday Sept. 28: Nati onal
Strawberry Cream Pie Day. Potato
crusted fish fillet, fried potatoes with
onions, sunshine carrots, strawber-
ry cream pie.
Tuesday, Sept. 29: Fried chicken,
whipped potatoes, Scandinavian
vegetable blend, fresh fruit. Bingo
AM & PM.
Wednesday, Sept. 30: Salisbury
meatballs in gravy, parsley noodles,
broccoli, yellow cake with caramel
icing.
Old Gold Diner September Menu
Can letter writing seal your friendship?
From pen pals to best friends, two women
discuss the issues that face female friends
Mary Jedlicka Humston and Mary Potter Kenyon formed a
lasting friendship through their letter writing, finding sup-
port, comfort, joy, and sisterly love along the way, and the
result is a new memoir, “Mary & Me.” (contributed photo)
SANGER, Calif.– Emails,
facetime, texts and all
forms of social media have
replaced traditional letter
writing. These messages
are quick to send and re-
ceive, but are we missing
out on something special
by doing away with letter
writing?
“Mary and Me: A Lasting
Link Through Ink” explores
the thirty-year friendship
between two women: one
who had never learned to
cultivate female friend-
ships, and the other who
had managed to gather
and maintain a large group
of friends throughout her
adult life.
The fact that thousands
of handwritten letters be-
tween them linked these
two together is just part of
the intriguing story. With
nothing but a pen, paper,
and their thoughts, Mary
Potter Kenyon and Mary
Jedlicka Humston formed a
lasting friendship through
their letter writing, finding
support, comfort, joy, and
sisterly love along the way.
The dual memoir shows
that no matter the distance,
friendship could always be
found in a simple opening
of “Dear Mary.”
“Through their letters,
these two friends have
been able to get through
extremely difficult mo-
ments and grow as moth-
ers, friends and commu-
nity members. Their com-
mitment to each other
Mary and Me:
Continued on page 16
NORTH JOHNSON COUNTY • SEPTEMBER, 2015 • 13
SOLON CITY HALL
101 N. Iowa St.
Telephone: 624-3755
Fax: 624-2122
CITY OFFICE HOURS:
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday: 8 a.m.-12 p.m., 1-4 p.m.
Wednesday: 8 a.m.-12 p.m., 1-5 p.m.
newsletter
CITY UPDATE
By Cami Rasmussen,
City Administrator
The library turns 50
Solon Public Library’s 50th Anniversary is
Saturday, Sept. 19. To mark this momen-
tous occasion a birthday party will be
held that day from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. This
program will include crafts, games, and a
station to make your very own sundae. All
ages welcome. If you have any questions
contact us at 319-624-2678.
Book Launch Sept. 12 with
Mary Jedlicka Humston
Mary Jedlicka Humston, a former high
school teacher who grew up in the Solon
area, will be launching her book titled,
“Mary and Me: A Lasting Link Through
Ink,” on Sept. 12 at 1 p.m., at the Solon
Public Library. Co-written with her friend,
Mary Potter Kenyon, the book explores
the 30-year friendship between two wom-
en: one who had never learned to cultivate
female friendships, and the other who had
managed to gather and maintain a large
group of friends throughout her adult life.
The fact that thousands of handwritten
letters between them linked these two
together is just part of the intriguing story.
The authors will be presenting a reading
and light refreshments will be served.
This event is sponsored by the Iowa City
Branch of the National League of Ameri-
can Pen Women.
Support your Library
The Foundation
The Solon Public Library Foundation, a
non-profit organization, was established
in 2004 to provide support for long-term
library services. The Foundation’s first
project was to provide a Web-based
catalog system. This online access allows
patrons to browse the library catalog,
reserve books and extend check-out peri-
ods. Upgrading the digital capabilities of
the library was also a part of this project.
The Foundation is currently looking to fill
one position on its board. The term for
this position is for three years.
Halloween sale/donations
Scared of all the Halloween costumes
piling up in you closets? Fear not! Donate
them to the Friends of the Library for
the Halloween costume and decoration
sale. Come and shop Saturday, Oct. 10,
between 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Most items are
under $10.
Library Card Sign-up Month
September is National Library Card Sign-
up Month and the Solon Public Library
is celebrating by giving away a $50 gift
SOLON PUBLIC LIBRARY NEWS
card, for a local restaurant, to two lucky
winners. Stop by the library in September
for a chance to enter the drawing. By
simply applying for a new library card,
renewing an expired card, or checking to
make sure your account information is up
to date you can enter your name into the
drawing for a chance to win! The winner
will be announced Sept. 30.
Book sale/donations
If you are looking to scale down your book
and DVD collections, please consider
donating the gently used items to the
library. Currently we have a used section,
in our lobby, which has a variety of books
for sale. The books that are available for
purchase are 50¢ for hardcovers and 25¢
for paperback or children’s books.
Meal and a Movie
September’s Meal and a Movie program
will take place Sept. 25, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
The movie this month will be “The Imitation
Game.” During World War II, mathemati-
cian Alan Turing tries to crack the Enigma
Code with help from fellow mathemati-
cians.
The movie is free, but registration is
required for the catered meal and costs
$7.50 for an entrée, vegetable, and
dessert. The movie follows the meal and
usually begins around noon. Call Sandra
Hanson at 624-2710 to register, or sign
up at Old Gold Dining.
Dates to remember
Storytime: Every Tuesday morning at
10:30 a.m. for children ages 2 through
5. The public is welcome to enjoy stories,
songs and a craft.
Meal and a Movie: From 11 a.m.-3 p.m.,
last Friday of the month. The movie is
free, however registration is required for
the catered meal. The meal costs $7.50.
The movie follows the meal and usually
begins around noon. Call Sandra Hanson
at 624-2710 to register or sign up at Old
Gold Dining.
LEGO Club Sept. 9: LEGO club will be
meeting on second Wednesday in Sep-
tember. Regularly meetings are held the
first Monday of eac h month, 6-7 p.m. For
kindergarten and older.
Solon Single Householders Sept. 16:
Come share resources and have discus-
sions about a variety of subjects which are
important to single householders. 9 a.m.
The library turns 50 Sept. 19: To mark
this momentous occasion a birthday party
will be held from 3 to 5 p.m.
Anime Club Sept. 28: Meetings will be
held every fourth Monday of each month,
3:30-4:45 p.m. For fifth grade and up.
Scrabble Night Sept. 30: In the library
meeting room. Bring your own snacks and
Scrabble board. 7-8:30 p.m. We’re ready
for a game or two!
Early-Out Sept. 3 movie: “Paddington”
rated PG, 95 minutes. This program will
run from 1:45 to 3:15 p.m.
Early-Out Sept. 10 movie: “Big Hero 6”
rated PG, 102 minutes. This program will
run from 1:45 to 3:15 p.m.
Early-Out Sept. 17 Craft: Stamp art.
This program will run from 1:45 to 2:45
p.m.
Early-Out Sept. 24 LEGOs: This pro-
gram will run from 1:45 to 2:45 p.m.
BURN REGULATIONS
The City of Solon has specific burn days/
times for yard waste. Residents can burn
between the dates of April 1 through
May 25, and Oct. 1 through Nov. 25, on
Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from
7 a.m. through 7 p.m. As has always
been the case, no burning of garbage or
construction material is allowed. Recre-
ational fires are permitted.
SIDEWALKS
Please keep sidewalks clear of debris
and tree overhang for pedestrian safety.
The City of Solon ordinances does not
allow vehicle parking over sidewalks. Be
mindful of parking over the sidewalk por-
tion of your driveway as the new school
year session soon begins and many
students walk to and from school.
ANNUAL GARBAGE STICKERS
The City of Solon contracts with Johnson
County Refuse for residential garbage
and recycling. Annual stickers for gar-
bage cans expired on June 30 and new
annual stickers are available at Solon City
Hall for $65 each (up to 20 gallons). Two
stickers are required for 20- to 35-gallon
cans. Replacement recycling bins can be
purchased at city hall for $7 each.
CITY BOARD AND COMMISSION
VACANCIES
The City of Solon has volunteer opportu-
nities for residents interested in serving
on various city boards and commission
including: Planning and Zoning Commis-
sion, Library Board of Trustees, Park and
Recreation Commission and Board of
Adjustment. Applications are available at
city hall and on the city website: solon-io-
wa.com. All appointments are made
based on qualifications and state gender
balance laws.
PET LICENSES
The 2015 Pet Licenses are available at
city hall. Cats and dogs must get a city
license every year. Please bring in a cur-
rent rabies vaccination certificate when
you come in to license your pet. Licens-
ing your pet will allow city staff to return
your pet to your home if found running at
large.
BRUSH COLLECTION
Brush is collected the FIRST MONDAY
of each month, April through November.
Neatly place brush parallel to the curb by
7:30 a.m. No brush shall be larger than 8
inches in diameter and no longer than 15
feet in length.
Brush pickup shall consist of Twigs and
Branches ONLY. The city will not collect
grass clippings, stumps, garden waste,
rocks, sod, leaves, bushes and dimen-
sional lumber.
Johnson County Refuse will pick up all
types of yard waste provided they have
a YARD WASTE sticker on the bag. Items
include leaves, sod, grass clippings,
bushes, and garden waste. Stickers can
be purchased at the Solon City Hall, 101
N. Iowa St. Each sticker costs $1.25 and
is good for one (1) bag up to a 39-gallon
capacity with a 40-pound weight limit.
They will be picked up with garbage on
Fridays.
The city also has a compost site available
behind the new Public Works Building
located at 1031 Stinocher St. City resi-
dents are allowed to drop off landscape
waste only. For further information you
may also contact the city hall at 624-
3755.
GOLF CART PERMITS
Golf Cart Permits are available at city hall
for the 2015 season. Licensed carts are
permitted on authorized streets between
April 1 and Oct. 31. The cost for a permit
is $25 and you must provide a valid
drivers license and proof of insurance.
Permits must be renewed annually. Con-
tact city hall at 624-3755 for additional
information. Must be 18 years old and
have a valid driver’s license to drive a
golf cart on city streets. Gators and four
wheelers are not allowed.
CITY HALL
The Solon City Hall is located 101 N.
Iowa St. City hall hours are Monday,
Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 8 a.m.
to 4 p.m. and Wednesday 8 a.m. to 5
p.m. Water bill drop boxes are located in
Sam’s Main Street Market and a drive-
through drop box is located next to
the ATM in the Bridge Community Bank
drive-through. Pay your water bill with
auto-withdrawal. For more information,
contact city hall at 624-3755. For general
information please visit the city’s website
at www.solon-iowa.com.
“While We’re Young”
“Druid Peak”
“Ex Machina”
“Danny Collins”
“What We Do in the Shadows”
“Slow West”
“I Am Big Bird: The Caroll Spinney Story”
“Paul Blart Mall Cop 2”
“Jupiter Ascending”
“The Incredible Journey of the Butterflies”
Films for Master Gardner Recertification
“Perennial Vegetable Gardening”
“The Complete Gardner”
“What Plants Talk About”
FILM CLIPS
SOLON PARKS AND RECREATION DEPARTMENT
FLAG FOOTBALL REFEREES NEEDED
You must be in at least eighth grade and
have either played or refereed football
previously. Pay is $10/game. Games will
be on Monday evenings, starting at 5:30
p.m. at the Solon Recreation and Nature
Area youth football field, with the first
games on Aug. 31. If interested, contact
Mike Reeve @ mike.reeve@solon-iowa.
com or 319-594-1978.
SOLON’S 175TH ANNIVERSARY
CHAUTAUQUA CELEBRATION
Mark your calendars for Sept. 18, 19 & 20!
Plan to join in on a very special community
celebration.
See page 20 for a full schedule of events.
CITY ELECTIONS NOVEMBER 3
City elections will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 3, at Solon City Hall. On the ballot for
this election are two council seats and the mayor seat with each seat serving
a four-year term beginning Jan. 1, 2016. Those interested in running for election
may file candidate paperwork between Aug. 24 and Sept. 17. Candidate papers must
be returned to the Johnson County Auditor’s Office. For further information please
contract city hall at 624-3755 or Johnson County Auditor’s Office at 356-6004.
14 • SEPTEMBER, 2015 • NORTH JOHNSON COUNTY
624-3401
Solon Community
www.solon.k12.ia.us
School District
CALENDAR REMINDERS
DISTRICT INFORMATION
September Board of Education
The Solon Board of Education meeting is scheduled for
Monday, Sept. 21, in the High School Media Center at 6
p.m.
School Registration
If you have not registered your
children for school this fall, please
complete the process immediately. All families are to use
the E-Registration. Please contact the school if you need
your students’ access IDs, passwords or RevTrak ID for
payment. Families who have not paid the school fees must
contact the Central Office, 624-3401 x 1349 to set up a
payment plan.
Early Dismissal Times
Early dismissal dates for the 2015-16 school year are listed
on the Solon Community School District’s school calendar
found on the district website at www.solon.k12.ia.us .
Name Badges for Adults
Adults present in the school buildings during regular
student attendance time (8 a.m. – 4 p.m.) will be required
to wear a name badge. For staff, these name badges will
include photo identification. Other adults entering the build-
ing during student attendance time will be required to check
into the office to receive a visitor’s pass.
Competent Private Instruction
Families who desire Competent Private Instruction need
to contact the Central Office for the proper forms must be
returned within 14 calendar days of removing your child
from Solon Schools. If you are enrolling in a home school
assistance program please notify the school district if you
plan to dual enroll.
Open Enrollment
The last date for regular open enrollment for the 2016-17
school year is March 1, 2016. A high school student who
open enrolls is ineligible for varsity athletic competition
during the student’s first 90 consecutive school days of
enrollment in the receiving district.
Adult Activity Tickets
An adult activity ticket has 10 punches and is good for all
athletic activities (except tournaments). These tickets are
$45 each and may be picked up in the high school office or
at upcoming sporting events. Also available is the Family
Activity Pass. Check with the High School activities office if
interested.
Senior Citizen Activity Passes
Residents of the school district who are 65 years of age or
older may receive lifetime passes to all school events (ex-
cept tournaments). If you are eligible for the pass, please
contact the high school activities office.
Sept. 3 – 1:45 p.m. Early Dismissal
Sept. 7 – No School - Labor Day holiday
Sept. 10– 1:45 p.m. Early Dismissal
Sept. 17-1:45 p.m. Early Dismissal
Sept. 24 -1:45 p.m. Early Dismissal
Sept. 24 - High School P/T Conferences, 2-7:30 p.m.
Welcome Back to School
The Solon Community school board members, faculty
and staff wish to welcome
students and parents back
for this school year. Please
feel free to contact your
school attendance center
or a particular teacher
throughout the year if you
have a question or concern.
All teachers can be reached
through email which you can find under staff directory on
our website. We are here to serve the district’s educational
needs. Please take the time to explore our school website
calendar for upcoming events such as: sporting events,
band performances, concerts and building specific events.
OVERDUE
Notes from the Nurses
The following is a list of requirements for students
attending Solon Community Schools for the 2015-
2016 school year.
Kindergarten Requirements
1) Immunizations Record: According to Public Health [641]
Iowa Administrative Code, section 641-7.5(139A) Proof of
Immunization. 7.5(1) Applicants, or their parents or guard-
ians, shall submit a valid Iowa department of public health
certificate of immunization to the admitting official of the
school or licensed child care center in which the applicant
wishes to enroll. 641-7.9(139A) Compliance. Applicants not
presenting proper evidence of immunization, or exemption,
are not entitled to enrollment in a licensed child-care center
or elementary or secondary school under the provisions of
Iowa Code section 139A.9. This must be on file by the first
day of school.
2) Physical Exam: Physical Exam: In addition, according
to Iowa Code Chapter 22(2001); 281 IAC 12.3(4) Student
records. Each Board establishes and maintains a system of
student records. The Solon Community School District has
maintained the policy that all students enrolling in kindergar-
ten must have a physical exam by a licensed physician.
3) Lead Screening: Your child will also need to have his/her
blood lead level checked. House File 158 was passed by the
2007 legislature and was amended by the 2008 legislature. It
went into effect as of July 1, 2008, and requires all children
entering kindergarten to have a lead screening. This require-
ment will assure that children are tested and if the results
are high, the student can receive interventions to reduce the
effects of lead poisoning on their growth and development.
There is a section on the physical form for your physician to
fill out regarding the lead screening.
4) Dental Screening: All students entering kindergarten will
also need to have a dental screening. House File 906, which
was passed by the 2007 legislature and went into effect as
of July 1, 2008, requires all children entering elementary
school to have a dental screening. The purpose of the dental
screening requirement is to improve the oral health of Iowa’s
children. Dental screenings will facilitate early detection and
treatment of dental disease. A screening is valid from age 3
years old to 4 months after enrollment date. A dentist, dental
hygienist, physician, physician assistant, or registered nurse
can complete this form. Dental Screens must be completed
on the Iowa Department of Public Health Certificate of Dental
Screening Form.
5) Vision Screening:
Kdg. and 3rd grade vision requirement
The Iowa Department of Health has recently put into effect
a law requiring that every student in Kindergarten and 3rd
grade have a certificate of vision screening. This require-
ment will go into effect for the 2015/16 school year.
To be valid, a vision screening shall be performed no earlier
than one year prior to the date of enrollment and no later
than six months after the date of child’s enrollment into both
Kindergarten and 3rd grade.
A vision screening may be conducted by a physician, ad-
vanced nurse practitioner, physician assistant, local public
health department, public or accredited nonpublic school,
community-based organization such as Lions Club, free
clinic, or child care center.
Please contact the school nurse if you are unable
to meet these requirements due to insurance
reasons.
Middle School / High School Requirements
7th Grade:
All students entering 7th grade will need proof of an adoles-
cent tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis (whooping cough)
booster immunization (called “Tdap”) for school in the
fall. Without this documentation, your son or daughter will
not be allowed to participate in education at Solon. Students
can receive this immunization at a doctor’s office or at the
Johnson County Public Health Department. Updated immu-
nization forms can be brought to the Middle School office
or faxed to 624-2518. All updated forms should be returned
prior to the first day of school. If you have an appointment
scheduled after school begins, or if you have any other
questions regarding this information, please contact Amy
Link at 624-3401, ext 1108.
9th Grade:
All children entering the 9th grade are required to have a
dental screening. This state requirement was passed by
the 2007 legislature and became effective July 1, 2008. The
purpose of the dental screening requirement is to improve
the oral health of Iowa’s children. The screening is valid if
completed 1 year prior to enrollment or up to 4 months after
the start of school (August 24, 2015 - December 24, 2015).
The Certificate of Dental Screening form is found on our
website under the registration tab. Please bring it to your
dentist for completion. The 9th grade screening needs to
be completed by a dentist or registered dental hygienist. All
completed forms should be returned to the high school
office.
2) Athletic forms (Middle School and High School)
As a general reminder, all students who wish to participate
in any sport are required to get an annual physical. Athletes
will not be able to participate without this form completed by
your doctor. You will find this physical form on our website
under the registration tab.
Please contact the nurse in your building with any questions
or concerns.
3) Middle School
Immunization record
All students entering 7th grade will need proof of an adoles-
cent tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis (whooping cough)
booster immunization (called “Tdap”) for school in the
fall. Without this documentation, your son or daughter will
not be allowed to participate in education at Solon.
Kris Elijah, RN, BSN
School Nurse- Lakeview
kelijah@solon.k12.ia.us
319-624-3401 ext. 1288
Amy Link, RN, BSN
School Nurse- Middle School/High School
alink@solon.k12.ia.us
624-3401 ext 1108
NORTH JOHNSON COUNTY • SEPTEMBER, 2015 • 15
LAKEVIEW ELEMENTARY HIGH SCHOOL
Individual school pictures will be
taken a little later in the school year,
on Wednesday, Sept.16, by Lifetouch
Photography. Several package op-
tions are available through a prepay-
ment-money back guaranteed plan.
Complete information will be distrib-
uted soon. All checks must be made
payable to Lifetouch Photography.
School Pictures September 16
Free/Reduced Meal Eligibility Guidelines
The Iowa Department of Education, Bureau of Nutrition and Health Servicess has announced its policy for free and reduced price meals for children
unable to pay the full price of meals served under the National School Lunch Program, School Breakfast Program and the Afterschool Care Snack
Program. State and Local school officials have adopted the following family size and income criteria for determining eligibility. Households may apply
for free or reduced price meal benefits one of four ways as listed below:
1. Households whose income is at or below the levels shown are eligible for reduced price meals or for free meals. Households may complete one
application listing all children and return it to your child’s school.
2. Food Assistance
households and children
receiving benefits under
the Family Investment
Program (FIP) are
eligible for free meals.
TMost children from
Food Assistance and
FIP households will be
qualified for free meals
automatically. These
households will receive
a letter from their chil-
dren’s schools notifying
them of their benefits.
Households that receive
a letter from the school
need to do nothing
more for their children to
receive free meals.
3. Some Food Assis-
tance and FIP house-
holds will receive a letter
from the Department of
Human Services (DHS). Parents must take this letter to the child’s school.
4. Food Assistance or FIP households receiving benefits that do not receive a letter from DHS must complete an application for their children to re-
ceive free meals. Applications may be submitted at any time during the year. If a family member becomes unemployed the family should contact the
school to complete an application. Foster children are eligible for free meal benefits. Some foster children will be qualified for free meals automatically
through the State Direct Certification process. Their host family will receive notification of these benefits.
Iowa Non-Discrimination Notice. “It is the policy of this CNP provider not to discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, sex, sexual orientation,
gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or religion in its programs, activities, or employment practices as required by the Iowa Code section
216.6, 216.7, and 216.9. If you have questions or grievances related to compliance with this policy by this CNP Provider, please contact the Iowa Civil
Rights Commission, Grimes State Office building, 400 E. 14th St. Des Moines, IA 50319-1004; phone number 515-281-4121, 800-457-4416; website:
https://icrc.iowa.gov/.”
School Physicals
All athletes must have a physical examination completed
before he/she will be allowed to participate or practice.
School physical forms are available on the school’s web
site under ‘Registration’.
Annual Notices
Numerous federal and state laws require school districts
to provide students, parents, and/or the public with annual
notices. You will find the school district’s annual notices
listed on the school website under the tab “District” then
“Notices”.
School Improvement Advisory Committee Application
Deadline – Friday, Sept. 4
Solon Community School District parents and community
members are invited to complete an application for mem-
bership on the School Improvement Advisory Committee
(SIAC). SIAC is a board appointed committee that shall
include students, parents, teachers, administrators, and
representatives from the local community. To the extent
possible, committee membership shall have balanced rep-
resentation of the following: race, gender, national origin,
and disability. Beginning in the 2011-2012 school year, this
committee was required to include equal representatives of
both genders. The School Improvement Advisory Com-
mittee makes recommendations to the board based on the
committee analysis of the needs assessment data related
to student learning goals and other educational needs. The
application deadline is Friday, Sept. 4th. For more informa-
tion or to apply, visit http://tinyurl.com/SCSDCSIPSIAC or
contact Matt Townsley, Director of Instruction & Technology
at 624-3401 x1352 or mtownsley@solon.k12.ia.us.
Follow Solon Schools on Facebook and Twitter
Our district continues to expand the ways in which we com-
municate with students and the Solon community. School
staff members regularly update various social media
accounts:
• Follow @SolonCSD on Twitter for general district
information, highlights updates
• Follow @Solon_AD on Twitter for select activity event
updates
• Follow Solon High School on Facebook
• Follow Solon Middle School on Facebook
School District Notification System
The Solon Community School District’s primary method to
report school closings and delays is local television (KCRG,
KGAN, and KWWL) and radio station (WMT, KHAK, KDAT,
KRNA, KZIA, and KCJJ) announcements. The SchoolMes-
senger is a secondary public announcement that delivers
personalized phone, text message, and/or e-mail messag-
es to parents, staff, or other groups via home, office, and/or
cell phones. Parents/Guardians do not have to do anything
to receive communications through this system as it is
pulled through information from our parent-student informa-
tion system, PowerSchool.
SchoolMessenger
SchoolMessenger will also allow a school official to record
a short message to be delivered to an extensive or selec-
tive list of parents or teachers. School officials may use
SchoolMessenger to send messages home to all parents
in a building, all parents in a grade level, or special groups
of parents. SchoolMessenger will deliver calls for school
closings, emergencies, and weather delays. School officials
will use this system to send out general announcements
and notifications on an as needed basis.
DISTRICT INFORMATION
Rules for snacks have changed
Beginning with the 2015-2016 school year.:
SNACKS
During daily snack time, families will send snacks for stu-
dents on an individual basis.
CLASSROOM CELEBRATIONS (i.e. birthday and holiday
parties)
In order to protect
students with allergies
and food intoleranc-
es, treats brought for celebrations must be commercially
prepared food with an intact ingredient label or fresh, uncut
fruit and vegetables. Items not meeting these requirements
will not be used and will be returned home. No homemade
treats will be accepted.
(Note: Snacks are also available upon request to purchase
from the school food service program. Non-food celebration
items are great, too!) Questions about the updated well-
ness policy may be directed to building principals.
High school 2014-2015 yearbooks are ready to be picked
up. Most current students will receive their yearbooks
during the first week of school. Graduates from 2015
can stop by the high school office Monday through Fri-
day from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. to pick up their yearbook order.
If graduates have a sibling currently attending SHS, the
book will be sent home with him/her. Also, we will send
books home with nonfamily members if arrangements are
made. Books will not be stored indefinitely. Every effort
needs to be made to have them picked up by the end of
the first semester. Contact Jim Erickson with any questions
regarding this issue or anything else related to high school
yearbooks. His contact information is jerickson@solon.
k12.ia.us. Extra books are available. The cost is $50, and
checks can be made payable to Solon Community Schools.
Lakeview PTO
The first meeting of the Lakeview PTO is Thursday, Sept. 3,
in the Lakeview Media Center beginning at 7 p.m. Child-
care will be provided. We hope you will join us as we plan
activities to benefit Lakeview children and staff.
Iowa’s school board election day is Tuesday, Sept. 8. Local
voters will go to the polls to elect two members to the Solon
School Board of Education. The election is a great oppor-
tunity to learn more about what’s happening in our schools.
The district urges the community to get involved and cast
their votes.
Solon candidates are running for four-year terms on the
board. The candidates are:
• Dan Coons- incumbent
• Adam Haluska
• Jim Hauer
• Amber Marty
Sept. 8:
Polls open at 7 a.m. and close at 8 p.m.
Polling place:
Solon City Hall
Vote in the Solon Community
School Board Election Sept. 8
Homecoming 2014
This year’s homecoming activities include:
• Wednesday, Sept. 30: Parade beginning at 7 p.m.
• Friday, Oct. 2 : Football game against Central DeWitt
• Saturday, Oct. 3:
Dance in the high
school commons,
9 p.m.–midnight.
Satellite Voting opportunity with
the Johnson County
Auditor’s Office Votemobile
Friday Sept. 4
Spartan Stadium
6-9 p.m.
during the Solon v. Mount
Vernon football game
(voting for Solon School
District candidates ONLY)
16 • SEPTEMBER, 2015 • NORTH JOHNSON COUNTY
Best
Tenderloins
in Town
All You
Can Eat
Salad Bar
123 E. Main Street, Solon
624-7000 or 624-2669
Now Located inside Sam’s Main Street Market
Prices good the whole month of September!
DELI & D&D SPECIALS
EQUAL OR LESSER VALUE.
BUY ANY PIZZA AT
REGULAR PRICE
Fried Chicken
Chicken Strips
Burgers
TYSON
FRIED
CHICKEN
$
9.99
8 PIECE PACK
GET 2
ND
PIZZA
1/2 PRICE
Check out our Homestyle Daily
Lunch Specials from the Deli
GRAB & GO
Cold Subs, Wraps & Croissants
Open Monday thru Saturday
10:30am-2am • Sunday 12-8
1650 Dows Street, Ely 319.848.3292
Monday Lasagna with garlic toast
Tuesday Country fried steak, fried potatoes
sausage gravy and texas toast
Wednesday Smoked chicken salad sandwich and
side of cole slaw $6.99
Thursday Meatloaf, garlic mashed potatoes,
beef gravy and texas toast
Friday Chefs Choice
Saturday All you can eat BROASTED
chicken Includes fries & cole slaw
Lunch Specials 11am-2pm
All lunch specials are $7.99 unless noted
Nightly Dinner Specials 5pm-10pm
Monday 50¢ WINGS!! Ten diferent sauces to choose from.
Tuesday Single One topping pizza $7.99
Wednesday $1 hard or soft shell beef or chicken tacos. 99¢ kids meal,
includes drink and ice cream with purchase of adult meal.
Thursday ALL YOU CAN EAT jumbo shrimp coleslaw and fries $12.99,
8pm-Midnight: Open jukebox, free pool.
Friday Smoked prime rib, steamed asparagus,
garlic mashed potatoes and Texas toast
Saturday ALL YOU CAN EAT broasted chicken, coleslaw, fries $7.99
$2 Domestic Pints
$3 Specialty Pints
$3 Tall Boys
$2.25 Domestic Bottles
$2.25 Well Drinks
Happy Hour
Monday thru Friday
from 3-6
NEW!!! Every Sunday
1/2 price Appetizers (select items)
$5 Cheese Burger & Fries
11am to 10pm. N
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Bloody Mary Bar every Sunday!
solon.dollarsforscholars.org
Fall Gala
Door s Open at 5: 30 PM
Si l ent Auc t i on Al l Eveni ng
Smal l Pl at e Meal 7: 00 PM
Li ve Auc t i on 8: 00 PM
SOLON DOLLARS FOR SCHOLARS
23
rd
Annual Dinner & Fundraising Auction
MISSION STATEMENT: To enhance the oppor-
tunity for every high school graduate to beneft
from post-secondary education. The mission of
Solon Dollars for Scholars is only possible with
the help of a generous and engaged communi-
ty that makes such fnancial support possible.
Your contribution to this efort directly impacts
the success of Solon students.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 17
SCHWAB CELEBRATION BARN
245
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St r eet of f Sugar Bot t om Road
Lots of wonderful Auction Items including
Iowa football tickets & hand crafted furniture.
$45 Per Person
MAIL CHECKS TO:
Solon Dollars for Scholars
P.O. Box 551 • Solon, IA 52333
Reservations made by October 3 will be
entered into an early bird prize drawing.
and add varieties, and be a one-stop
shop for local breweries. We’d also like
to eventually get into oil extraction of
hops,” Pattison added.
Buck Creek Hops has hired both
college and high school-aged students
to work for them on the farm. Accord-
ing to Pattison, the community has
also been very supportive, and many of
them have gotten involved.
“Anyone can come out during
Buck Creek Hops: Continued from page 10
harvest, and help. We’re having a pick-
your-own-hops party for anybody that
might brew their own beer this fall. But
people are welcome to come tour the
hops farm, all they have to do is give
us a call or go to our website,” Pattison
said.
Visit the website at buckcreekhops.
com, call 319-331-3198, or email buck-
creekhopsllc@gmail.com.
MEN • WOMEN • CHILDREN
No appointment needed,
walk-ins welcome!
128 E. MAIN ST. • 624-7224
T/TH/F 9-5:30 • Wed 9-7 • Sat - 8-12
SOLON
BARBER
SHOP
www.solonbarbershop.webs.com
Closed Sept. 10-14
Mary and Me: Continued from page 12
is apparent within these
pages,” an excerpt
from the Foreword
by Kathy Zadroz-
ny and Donovan
Beeson Yothers,
Founders of the
Letter Writers Al-
liance.
Mary Potter
Kenyon gradu-
ated from the
Uni versi ty of
Northern Iowa
with a B.A. in
Psychology. She is the
Director of the Winthrop
Iowa Public Library. She is
widely published in mag-
azines, newspapers and
anthologies. Mary is a pop-
ular speaker and workshop
presenter at churches,
writing workshops, wom-
en’s groups and grief sup-
port groups. Mary lives in
Manchester with three of
her eight children.
Mary Jedlicka Humston,
a former high school teach-
er, graduated from the
University of Northern
Iowa with a BA in English
Education. She has had
over 150 poems and essays
published at the local and
national level in newspa-
pers, magazines, books
and online. Mary
is a member
o f Na t i o n -
al League of
American Pen
Women and The
University Club
Writers of Iowa
City. Mary lives
in Iowa City with
her husband Jim.
Familius is a
family and parent-
ing media publish-
er devoted to creating
content that helps build
strong values and hap-
py families. As a digitally
savvy, multi-media pub-
lisher, Familius shares its
family-driven content in
multiple formats, includ-
ing print, e-books, videos,
articles and apps. Through
Familius.com, they pro-
vide an online community
where parents can seek
out and share advice, and
access a wealth of contem-
porary parenting content,
tools and resources rooted
in traditional family values.
Monarch butterfly tagging event to be held Sept. 12
TIFFIN– Join Johnson County Con-
servation for an afternoon of monarch
butterfly fun. The butterfly tagging event
takes place on Saturday, Sept. 12, from 1
until 3 p.m. at the Conservation Educa-
tion Center in F.W. Kent Park, 2048 Hwy.
6 NW, just west of Tiffin.
For more information, contact Nat-
uralist Kristen Morrow by calling the
Conservation Education Center at 319-
645-1011 or emailing mailto:kmorrow@
co.johnson.ia.us.
NORTH JOHNSON COUNTY • SEPTEMBER, 2015 • 17
LIBRARY BOARD OPENINGS If you
are interested in volunteering a few hours every
month to help the library continue to play an
integral role in our community, please stop by
the library to pick up an application. We have
two vacancies – one for a rural representative
(residing outside of the city limits of Ely) and
the other for a resident within the city limits
of Ely. We meet the first Wednesday of the
month. Please call us at 848-7616 if you have
any questions.
BABYGARTEN CLASSES Join us for
Babygarten, a fun, exciting, and informational
program for infants (birth to 24 months) and
their caregivers. Classes last about an hour and
include a free play period for both babies and
caregivers. Our next 4-week session begins
Sept. 4 at 9 a.m. Register for this FREE class
online at www.ely.lib.ia.us or call 848-7616!
ELY PUBLIC LIBRARY ADOPTͳAͳ
ROAD ΈELY ROADΉ CLEAN UP Please
help us clean up Ely Road (State Street)  on
Sunday, Sept. 13, at 2 p.m. Plan to meet at the
Ely Public Library where you will pick up your
supplies and be assigned an area. Supplies
and refreshments will be provided,  however
you will need to bring your own pair of gloves.
For more information, please call Sarah at the
library at 848-7616. 
UPCOMING TEEN & TWEEN EVENTS
Check out the new teen and tween programs at
the Ely Public Library! These free programs are
designed for patrons ages 12-17 by the Teen
Advisory Board. All events are will be held at
the Ely Public Library 5-6 p.m., unless noted.
Sept. 10: Silent Library: Teens Vs. Tweens (Ages
9-17) 5-6 p.m. Join us for challenges testing
your endurance, stomach, and teamwork – all
Ely Public Library
www.ely.lib.ia.us 848-7616
1595 Dows Street, Ely
EVENTS CALENDAR
Ely Expression
City Of ce Hours: Mon-Fri 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
1570 Rowley Street,
P.O. Box 248 Ely, Iowa 52227
848-4103
After Hours Emergency
Only: 848-7603
while remaining quiet as possible! We will work
as teams to conquer wacky food, ridiculous
obstacles, and more. Please pre-register by
Wednesday, Sept. 9, and let a librarian know
of any food allergies.
Sept. 24: Broken Picture Telephone (Ages
12-17) 5-6 p.m.
**Patrons age 12-17 are invited to join our
Teen Advisory Board! Make your voice heard
on what your library can do for you. Contact
Madeline Jarvis at mjarvis@ely.lib.ia.us for
more info.
Tween Scene: Ely Public Library is excited to
partner with St. John Lutheran Church for after
school programming for kids in 5th-9th grade.
Join us Tuesdays at St. John and Thursdays
at the library from 3:30-5:30 p.m. Special
programming will run 4-5 p.m. with homework
help before and after. Check out our September
events:
September 1: Ping-Pong
September 3: Board Game Blast
September 8: Outdoor Fun
September 10: Coloring Club & Silent Library
September 15: Cook A Meal
September 17: Spaghetti/Marshmallow Towers
September 22: Decorate a Fall Fest Entry
September 24: BINGO
September 29: Community Clean-Up for Fall Fest
October 1: Bookface Challenge
CINNAMON ROLLS Start your Fall Fest
Fun on Saturday morning with a fresh baked
cinnamon roll! The Friends group will be selling
cinnamon rolls at the library to raise money for
continued support of the library.
FALL CRAFT SALE We are looking for
vendors and volunteers for our Friends’ Fall
Craft Sale that coincides with the Ely Fall Fest.
The Friends Craft Sale will be on Saturday, Oct.
3, starting at 8 a.m. For more information,
please check out the library website at www.
ely.lib.ia.us, email Lisa Shelstad at eplfriends@
ely.lib.ia.us , or call Lisa at 612-804-1757.
ELY PUBLIC LIBRARY BOOK SALE
The annual fall book sale will be held Saturday,
Oct. 3 ,beginning at 8 a.m. at the library
meeting room. There are a variety of books
available at a great price. The library would
appreciate donations of gently used books
for the book sale. However, we cannot accept
encyclopedia sets, textbooks or VCR tapes.
Please bring your donations to the library.
Receipts for tax purposes are available if you
wish.
STORY TIMES Toddler story times -
Caregivers and babies/toddlers are invited to
Toddler Time Mondays at
10 a.m. This special story time has songs,
books, and fingerplays to help make learning
fun.
Sept. 14: Kitchen Creations; Sept. 21:
Movement; Sept. 28: Pull Shapes
PRESCHOOL STORY TIME Join us
Thursdays at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. for Preschool
Storytime! We develop our literacy skills
through books, songs, crafts, and more! The
following are the themes for September: 9/3 –
Apples/Harvest; 9/10 – In the Mood for Good
Food; 9/17 – Caldecott Winners; 9/24 – When
I Grow Up.
TRAVELING TALES – We are excited to
be offering our story time in a to-go format,
available for day care providers at their
location! For more information, please contact
Madeline Jarvis or Sarah Sellon at 848-7616.
BANNED BOOKS WEEK Sept. 27-Oct. 3
We will celebrate Banned Books Week from
Sept. 27-Oct. 10.. Pick up a banned book from
our display, read it and complete the review
form to be entered for a chance to win a Barnes
and Noble Gift card!
Exercise your right to read.
FREE YOGA AND TAI CHI CLASSES
OFFERED Paula Bradway continues her
morning yoga stretch on Thursdays at 8 a.m.
Paula has several years’ experience with
yoga and has much to share. Please wear
comfortable clothing and bring a towel or yoga
mat. Thomas Moore has 30 years’ experience
MAYOR AND CITY COUNCIL
ELECTIONS - NOV. 3, 2015
The election for Mayor and three City
Council seats is Tuesday, Nov. 3,
2015. If you are interested in running
for Mayor or City Council you need to
pick up a nomination petition and have
it signed by at least 10 people eligible
to vote in Ely. Then fill out an “Affidavit
of Candidacy” and deliver both the
nomination petition and affidavit to the
Linn County Commissioner of Elections
Office, 635 2nd Street SW, second floor,
in Cedar Rapids. Nomination papers
may not be filed before August 24 and
must be filed by no later than 5 p.m.
Thursday, Sept. 17, 2015. Nomination
papers may not be filed with the City
Clerk and must be delivered to the
Linn County Auditor/Commissioner
of Elections. More information and
nomination papers are available at Ely
City Hall, 1570 Rowley Street, or the
Linn County Auditor’s Office at the Linn
County Public Service Center, 2nd Floor,
935 2nd Street SW in Cedar Rapids.
CONSTRUCTION STATUS
• Hoover Trai l to El y Communi ty
Center. Peterson Contractors Inc. (PCI)
substantially completed extending
the Hoover Nature Trail from Ely City
Park to the Community Center. Join in
celebrating the opening of this segment
of the trail with Fall Fest’s “Chalk the
Walk”.
• Highland Road. Ricklefs Excavating
almost completed resurfacing Highland
Road from Hillcrest Street to Knoll Court
and the street is open for neighborhood
use.
• Ely City Park Parking Area. Ricklefs
Excavating is expected to finish paving
the Ely City Park parking lot by the
middle of September.
• Schulte Park Pavilion Repairs. We
expect Reconstruction 380 to finish
repairing fire damage at the Schulte Park
Pavilion by mid-September.
with Tai Chi and looks forward to meeting you.
His class will be offered Tuesdays at 8 a.m.
Suresh Ganu, a certified Tai Chi Instructor, will
offer a free Tai Chi demo Thursday, Sept. 17,
at 6:30 p.m. Following this demonstration, if
there is interest, we can start to plan this free
class offering as well. Space is limited for all of
these classes, so register by calling 848-7616.
HALLOWEEN COSTUME EXCHANGE
Not sure what to do with your costumes from
last year? Consider donating them to the library
for our second annual Halloween costume
exchange! Drop off your donations by Oct.
5 with the exchange to start on Oct. 6 and
continue until we run out.
MASTER GARDENER SERIES
Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. in October. Topics to
be covered in these FREE classes are:
Oct. 6: Putting Your Landscaping to Bed
Oct. 13: Growing and Arranging Cut Flowers
Oct. 20: Conifers for the Garden
Oct. 27: Houseplants
KNITTING & CROCHET CLASSES
–Beginning knitting and crochet classes will
resume on Saturdays, Oct. 17 and 31 at 12:30
p.m. All levels of experience (or no experience)
are welcome to attend! Stop by and socialize
while working on your latest project.
HOLIDAY CLOSING We will be closed on
Monday, Sept. 7, in observance of Labor Day.
FRIENDS MEMBERSHIP We are looking
for some good friends! Friends of the EPL help
promote and support the library in a variety of
ways. We meet the second Wednesday of the
month at 7 p.m. For more information, please
contact us at eplfriends@ely.lib.ia.us. Where
else can you meet so many new Friends AND
help the community?
FOLLOW US Keep informed of all the latest
EPL events by checking out our website at
www.ely.lib.ia.us or following us on Facebook,
Blogger,Instagram, Twitter or Pinterest.
EVERY SATURDAY
• Ely Farmer’s Market 8 a.m.-noon
Ely Community Center
• Ely Fall Soccer 9-10 a.m. through Sept. 26
EVERY TUESDAY
• Ely Farmer’s Market 4-6 p.m.
Ely Community Center
• Ely Fall Soccer 6-7 p.m. through Sept. 26
EVERY THURSDAY
• Ely Fall Soccer 6-7 p.m. through Sept. 26
MONDAY, SEPT. 7
• Labor Day – City Hall, Library and Public
Works closed. Garbage and recycling
will be collected Tuesday, Sept. 8.
FRIDAY OCT. 2 & SATURDAY OCT. 3
• Ely Fall Fest - Community Center,
Fire Station & Ely City Park
Park and Fall Fest; and meets once a month
(occasionally more often). Please contact
City Hall at 848-4103, or via email to elycity@
southslope.net, or fill out the application form
available online at www.elyiowa.com, to let us
know you want to help your community by joining
Ely’s P&Z or Parks Board.
GET READY FOR
SOME FLAG FOOTBALL!
Ely Parks and Recreation is offering flag football
for Kindergarten through third graders. There
will be one division for kids in Kindergarten/
first grade and a division for second and third
graders. Teams practice Tuesday and Thursday
evenings and play games Saturday mornings;
all at Ely City Park. Practice starts Tuesday,
Sept. 29, and the final game will be Saturday,
Oct. 31. More information will be available online
at elyiowa.com; or call City Hall at 848-4103.
Registration for the EFFL starts Aug. 1 and
ends Sept. 4.
BACK TO SCHOOL TIME
Watch for Kids and School Buses. School just
started and we are all sharing the road with
school buses; and the kids walking to, and
waiting at, bus stops on their way to school.
Drive safely when kids and school buses are
around and STOP when the school bus’ flashing
red lights are on and the “STOP” sign arm
extended. Running through a school bus’ stop
sign and flashing red lights comes with a fine of
at least $195; the school bus drivers can, and
will, ticket you.
Thursday, October, 1, 2015
6-8 PM 5k & 1 Mile Moonlight Run/Walk Packet
Pick-Up @ Ely Community Center
Friday, October, 2, 2015
4:30-6:30 PM Race Registration/Packet Pick-Up
(Register at www.elyiowa.com)
5-10:30 PM Kid’s Zone and Food Concessions
5:30 PM Adult/Co-Ed (Age 16+) Softball*
7:15 PM 5K Moonlight Run/Walk
7:30 PM 1 Mile Moonlight Run
7:30-10:30 PM Post-Race Family Celebration
(Tunes by DJ Donnie and beverage garden)
8:15 PM 5k Race Awards
8:45-10:15 PM Outdoor Kids Movie
Saturday, October 3, 2015
8 AM-3:30 PM Classic Car Show - Ely Fire Station
9 AM-4 PM EDGE Farmers Market
9 AM-4 PM Used Book Sale at Ely Public Library
9 AM-4 PM Friends of the Library Craft Sale
9 AM-4 PM Kids Inflatables, Rock Climbing Wall, Petting Zoo & Games
10 AM-10:30PM Prairie Varsity Dance Team, Prairie Hawk All Stars
Dance Team and Prairie Little Hawk All
Star Dance Team Performance
10 AM-12 PM Chalk The Walk*
10 AM-4 PM Pumpkin Decorating
10 AM-4 PM Face Painting (Not Included in Fall Fest Wristband)
10 AM-12 PM Balloon Animals for the Kids by Sweet Mimi the Clown
10 AM-4 PM Food at Community Ctr, Ely City Park, Fire Station
10:30-11 PM Pet Costume Contest (Sponsored by Country Canine Clips)
10:30 AM-6:30 PM Adult/Co-Ed (Age 16+) Softball & Bean Bag
Tournament Ely City Park – Music by DJ Donnie
11 AM -2 PM Gateway Rotary presents- Ninja Turtle Races
12-2 PM ELY FALL FEST STAGE- LIVE MUSIC- High Fever
1-3 PM Youth Scavenger Hunt*
1-3 PM Punt, Pass & Kick Competition* – Ely City Park
2-2:30 PM Magic Show Sponsored by Ely Public Library
2:30-4:30 PM Family Hayrack Rides – Downtown by Ely Library
2:30-3 PM Balloon Animals for the Kids
2:30-4 PM ELY FALL FEST STAGE - LIVE MUSIC- Bryce Janey
Fall Fest Street Dance
6:30-7:30 PM LIVE MUSIC- Downtown Ely – Rider Company
(Classic Rock N Roll) Sponsored by Odie’s Bar & Grill
7:45 PM Fireworks – Ely City Park (Rain date Sunday, October 4th)
8:15-11:30 PM LIVE MUSIC- Downtown Ely – Rider Company
(Classic Rock N Roll) Sponsored by Odie’s Bar & Grill
*New for 2015! SUBJECT TO CHANGE AT ANY TIME
GREAT LOCAL FOOD AT
THE ELY FARMERS MARKET!
Ely’s Outdoor Farmers Market is by
the Ely Community Center Saturdays
from 8 a.m. to noon. You will find a
great variety of fresh local produce,
kolaches and other food every time
you visit the Ely Farmers Market!
Contact Ali Alldredge, 848-2036 or
elyfarmersmarket@gmail.com if you
are interested in being a vendor at this
year’s market.
CONSTRUCTION ON ELY
ROAD TO START SEPT. 8
Construction on Ely Road from Seven
Sisters Road to C Street in Cedar
Rapids is expected to start on Tuesday
Sept. 8. The project consists of culvert
replacements and grading work, and is
expected to last seven to nine weeks.
Ely Road will remain open to traffic for
a portion of the project. Around Oct. 4,
the road will be closed south of Ely for
four to five weeks and a detour will be
posted. Contact Linn County Secondary
Roads at 319-892-6400 for updates,
more information and instructions to
subscribe to the Ely Road email list for
daily updates.
ELY NEEDS YOU
• To j oi n t he Pl an and Zoni ng
Commission and help plan Ely’s future
physical development, review and
update the comprehensive plan, review
and consider zoning changes and
subdivisions, and suggest updates or
improvements to our land use policies
and ordinances. You need to be an
Ely resident and eligible (though not
necessarily registered) to vote in Ely
to serve on this important commission.
• To join the Parks Commission and
hel p wi th parks and recreati onal
opportunities in Ely. The committee
works with the Mayor and City Council
to plan and develop Ely’s parks and
recreational activities including Ely City
18 • SEPTEMBER, 2015 • NORTH JOHNSON COUNTY
CALL TO SEE LOTS & LAND
Limestone Estates, Anamosa LOTS Choose from several attractive building sites from 6 to 10 acres. $74,925-$129,900
Lot 73 Coralville Lake Ter., North Liberty LOT This gently sloping corner lot is situated in a peaceful neighborhood. $34,900
510 Windam Drive, Solon SOLD LOT Extra big Solon Lot in Old Mill Creek Development ready for your dream home. $57,000
Lot 2 S. Market Street, Solon LOT Nice commercial lot which features excellent Highway 1 visibility. $109,000
Lot 16 Macbride Estates, Solon LOT Concrete roads, mostly walkout lots, lake and pond views. $69,890
5 Acres 180th Street, Solon LOT No covenants or other restrictions, Seller to put in livestock fence on 3-sides. $155,000
3365 Mohawk Road, Solon LOT Super nice. 10 acres with mature trees, pond. $249,900
40 Acres Palisades Road, Ely LAND Great area to build your dream home horse farm. $316,000
65 Acres Wayland Road, Wayland LAND 37 acres tillable estimated @ 60+ CSR average, and 28 acres of pasture $343,900
1628 Richmond Road, Cedar Rapids SALE PENDING 3 / 1.5 Ranch $124,900
4200 Blairs Ferry Road NE, Cedar Rapids 5 / 3 Split Level $299,900
454 2nd Street, Fairfax 4 / 3 Ranch/Condo $214,900
2318 Tallgrass Drive, Marion SOLD 3 / 2 .5 Townhouse Condo $144,900
7065 York Ave, Marion SALE PENDING 3 / 2 Ranch $241,853
7075 York Ave, Maion SALE PENDING 5 / 3 Ranch $249,400
404 N. Iowa Street, Solon 2 / 1.5 Townhouse Condo $74,900
506 Duchess Drive, Solon SALE PENDING 2 / 1.5 Townhouse Condo $109,900
314 S. Market Street, Solon SOLD 2 / 1 .1 Ranch $133,500
4009 Crest View Road, Solon 3 / 3 Split Level $349,000
2332 HWY 1 NE, Solon 5 / 2 2-Story $375,000
1828 Pinebrook Ave NE, Solon SOLD 6 / 2.5 Ranch $499,900
2317 Jordan Creek Road NE, Solon 4 / 4.5 Ranch $999,900
3875 Lake Vista Drive, Solon 5 / 4.5 Two-Story $1,820,000
CALL TO SEE BED/BATH STYLE PRICE
WE HAVE CUSTOMERS LOOKING FOR
Any home with lake views • Acreages or acreage lots • In-town Solon properties
Legacy Developers New Energy Efficient Homes
Priced from $192,500-$214,900
Model: 454 2nd Street, Fairfax
PRAIRIE CREEK CONDOS
Starting at $214,900
Model: 7080 York Ave., Marion
PRAIRIE RIDGE HOMES
Under Construction
SEND RESUME TO:
Executive Director, CHATHAM OAKS, INC.
4515 Melrose Ave.
Iowa City, Iowa 52246
May fll out an application at Chatham Oaks
or apply online at: www.abbe.org
Chatham Oaks, Inc. Community Based Services Program, a
subsidiary of AbbeHealth, is expanding to Iowa City, Iowa.
We are seeking compassionate individuals who desire to help
people with disabilities learn daily living skills that will allow
them to live more independently in their own homes in the
community. No experience necessary. We provide extensive
orientation and training. Shift diferential for 3rd shift. Com-
munity Based Services focus on providing skill teaching and
assistance with daily living activities for individuals with men-
tal illness in a 24-hour community setting. Pre-employment
drug screen, criminal history background check and driving
record check are required. EOE. Excellent beneft package.
CHATHAM OAKS, INC.
COMMUNITY BASED SERVICES
Direct Support Staff Positions
FULL Time and PART time
Plus WEEKEND PACKAGES and
ON-CALL POSITIONS AVAILABLE!!!
The Solon United Methodist Church seeks a
part-time Director of Music to oversee the church
music program, including the vocal choirs (Adult and Chil-
dren) and praise band. The Director of Music plans appropri-
ate music for Sunday worship services, funerals, weddings,
and special services as required. Successful candidates will
have a B.A. in music, experience leading a vocal choir, abil-
ity to play piano, and knowledge of audio/visual equipment.
For more information about this position, please visit www.
soloniaumc.org. Deadline: September 9, 2015.
The Solon United Methodist Church seeks a
part-time accompanist to provide piano accompani-
ment for weekly Sunday morning services throughout the
year and special programs during the seasons of Lent and
Advent. Canidates with experience accompanying a church
choir and a degree in music with a piano focus preferred.
Please visit our website at www.soloniaumc.org for addi-
tional information. Deadline: September 9, 2015.
Applicants should submit a cover letter and resume to
soloniaumc@gmail.com or mail to: Solon United Methodist
Church, ATTN: SPRC, 122 N. West St., Solon, IA 52333.
Mature, enthusiastic workers needed for full
or part time positions, daytime or evening.
Includes cofee shop and food preparation.
We will train for these positions. Contact
Karen at Kava House, 319-857-5000.
Káva House & Café
HELP WANTED
122 - 2nd St SE • Swisher • 857-5000
CLASSIFIEDS
$13 for the first 20 words, 10¢ each additional word. Call 624-2233.
HELP WANTED
MATURE, ENTHUSIASTIC WORKERS needed for full or part
time positions, daytime or evening. Includes coffee shop and
food preparation. We will train for these positions. Contact
Karen at Kava House, located in Swisher 319-857-5000.
GENERAL BUILDING AND GROUNDS MAINTENANCE
Worker: Full-time position, which performs preventive main-
tenance to fairgrounds, custodial duties to buildings, and
mowing, trimming & snow removal. Must be able to operate
small farm and recreational equipment. Must be customer
service oriented. Email: johnsoncofair@gmail.com.
PARALEGAL: CORALVILLE LAW FIRM has an opening for
a paralegal. Spanish fluency preferred. This position requires
attention to detail, hardworking, meticulous, industriousness,
ability to work with deadlines, and cooperative. Benefits
include health insurance, LTD, sick leave, vacation pay and
personal days. Please send cover letter, resume and refer-
ences to: tdrexler@paulmcandrew.com.
RESIDENTIAL AIDES IN IOWA CITY. Chatham Oaks, Inc.,
an affiliate of AbbeHealth is a residential treatment facility in
Iowa City serving individuals with chronic mental illness are
looking for Part-time & Full-time Residential Aides, 1st, 2nd
and 3rd Shifts. Pre-employment drug screen, criminal back-
ground and driving record check required. Competitive wages.
Submit resume to AbbeHealth., Attn: Human Resources, 740
N. 15th Ave., Ste. A, Hiawatha, IA 52233 or apply online at
www.abbe.org. EOE
FOR SALE
COMING SOON! Midwest Kids Market Consignment Sale,
October 1-3 at Johnson County Fairgrounds. Thousands of
kids items, vendors and food. Free entry. Open twice a year,
don’t miss it! www.midwestkidsmarket.com
GARAGE SALE
ANNUAL LAKE MANOR GARAGE SALES September
26, 2015 8 am - 4 pm. Maps available Guppy’s on the Go
located at 120th Street and Interstate 380. Follow the yellow
and black signs south of Shueyville to the many sales located
along Sandy Beach Road and Lake Manor Road and in the
subdivisions off of these roads. We’ve sold everything from
cars, pool tables, antiques, fabrics, appliances, to the kitchen
sinks in the past. There will be something for everyone!
WANTED
JUNK APPLIANCES, including air conditioners, furnaces,
steel and batteries. Will pick up for free. 331-8122.
SERVICES
SOUTHEASTERN IOWA BAT CONTROL: Safe, effective
bat removal and bat-proofing. 12-month guarantee. 319-
665-2408.
NORTH JOHNSON COUNTY • SEPTEMBER, 2015 • 19
Contact Steve
at Johnson County Refuse
319-330-1726
Garbage/Recycle Truck Driver/Laborer
NORTH LIBERTY, IA
• Full time position
with benefits
• Required driver’s license/
class B CDL with air brakes
• Drug testing
• D.O.T. medical card required
CALL FOR A FREE ROOFING ESTIMATE
®
ACCREDITED
BUSINESS
LOOKING FOR A NEW ROOF? LOOKING FOR A NEW ROOF?
319-363-0110 319-363-0110
PAUL McANDREW
PRACTICING PRIMARILY IN
Workers’ Compensation
Member of Union Privilege Legal Services
FREE INITIAL CONSULTATION
LAW FIRM, PLLC
Paul J. McAndrew Jr.
paulm@paulmcandrew.com
2771 Oakdale Blvd, Suite 6
Coralville, IA 52241
Minutes off I80 Exit 240
877-693-9385
319-887-1690
paulmcandrew.com
FEE DISCOUNT FOR UNION MEMBERS
• 32 Years Experience
• Board Member, Iowa Association of
Workers’ Compensation Lawyers
• Board Of Governors, Iowa
Association of Workers’
Injury Law & Advocacy Group
• Former Chair, American
Association For Justice,
Workers Compensation Committee
• Member, National College of
Workers’ Compensation Lawyers
• Member, National Academy
of Social Insurance
• Member, UI Occupational Medicine
Residency Program Advisory Board
Full-Time
RN/LPN
Crestview Nursing and
Rehab Center, West
Branch, is accepting
applications for a full-time
nurse. Iowa license is
required - LTC experience is
preferred. Excellent pay and
work environment. Apply in
person or call for additional
information.
Crestview NRC
451 West Orange Street
West Branch, IA
319-643-2551
www.careinitiatives.org
Care Initiatives an Equal Opportunity and
Affirmative Action Employer for Veterans
and Individuals with disabilities.
Small excavation company based in Amana, IA
looking for a driver with Class A CDL & Air Brake
Certification to haul heavy equipment, primarily
around the Corridor & surrounding area. Must also
be able to do manual labor such as cleaning tracks,
tying down equipment, etc. The ability to operate
heavy equipment a plus. Immediate opening -
contact Holly at 319-241-8990.
Heavy Equipment Operator
• 2005 Toyota Prius, 130K miles, new tires, auto $7,250
• 2008 Acura TL, 90K miles, auto, loaded $14,200
• 2005 Honda Element, FWD, 5 speed, loaded, 100K miles $7,500
• 1998 Chevy Window Van $600
• 1992 Ford E350 cube van, 98K miles SOLD!! $3,500
132 E. Short St. • Solon • 624-3553
Quality Work at Reasonable Prices
USED AUTOS FOR SALE
Mark’s
Auto Body
Full and Part-time positions available for friendly individuals to
perform teller and customer service transactions at our North Liberty
bank. Qualified candidates will have customer service experience
and the ability to handle cash accurately. We offer a great place to
work, excellent training and development programs, competitive pay
and opportunities for advancement. We invite you to learn more
about these positions and apply online at www.midwestone.com.
All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard
to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, protected veteran status, or disability.
SERVICE ASSOCIATE
Mary Hadenfeldt 319-560-3965
www.MaryHaden.com
Proud & grateful to be providing
Real Estate services to our community.
Hadenfeldt . . . a
“House-SOLD”
name!
Licensed Realtor in the State of Iowa
Your Solon & Lake Area Specialist
MACBRIDE POINTE
Skogman’s newest development in Solon!
Macbride Pointe, 3 miles west of Solon offers quality built
Skogman homes of the custom plan YOU CHOOSE!
Pick your lot now while the selection is still great!
62 Lakeside, Solon
Lake home, dock option! You can
walk to the boat docks from here!
3 bed, 3 bath, db wide db deep
garage! Little TLC and you have
got a gem! $250,000!
3230 Sandy Beach, Solon
Beautiful Corridor acreage! So
much space, upgrades and op-
tions here! Impressive main floor
master suite! 11 acres of privacy
and nature! $499,000.
Come see these 55+ homes, and you will know why they are so popular!
TERRACE LANE GLEN
732 S Market #2, Solon
No steps, no exterior maintenance, no wor-
ries! Large community space available for
your family gatherings! 2 bed 2 bath, patio.
$118,500, and with accepted offer by Oct
1 $2500 flooring allowance- you choose
what you want! And new microwave!
20 • SEPTEMBER, 2015 • NORTH JOHNSON COUNTY
HARD TO BELIEVE WE’RE TURNING 1!
Thank you so much for your loyalty to our store!
This celebration is just as much about you as it
is about us. Thank YOU!
- Peg, Tammy, Robyn, Jana, JoDee, Nancy, Katherine,
Kiley, Cara & Mallory
Exciting events all month long!
INTRODUCING PLASTER PAINT!
The BEST chalk paint out there!
(Classes coming soon!)
PLUS, 15% off one piece of furniture!
FALL OPEN HOUSE!
Ceramic Lighted Pumpkin $5.49
(reg. $7.49)
THE SCENTS OF FALL!
Fall Candles $5.25 (reg. $7.29) &
Arno’s Chocolate Pumpkin Bark!
BIRTHDAY BASH!
Cake and secret sales!
3, 4 & 5:
10, 11 & 12:
17, 18 & 19:
24, 25 & 26:
OPEN THURSDAYS & FRIDAYS 10-6,
SATURDAYS 10-3
225 Beaver Kreek Centre, Suite C
North Liberty, IA 52317
www.realdeals.net/northliberty
/RealDealsNorthLiberty
Celebrate with us
throughout SEPTEMBER!
BIRTHDAY!
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discounted items. Expires 09/26/15.
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FURNITURE, LAMPS, WALL ART, HOME DÉCOR, ACCESSORIES, GIFTS, AND SO MUCH MORE!
FRIDAY, SEPT. 18, 2015
2-4 p.m.: 1-hour bus tours of Solon every 45
minutes, originating at Solon Recreation and
Nature Area.
Solon All-Alumni Reunion Banquet
Celebration Farm
Social hour: 4-6 p.m.
Banquet: 6:30 p.m.
SATURDAY, SEPT. 19, 2015
Solon United Methodist Church Hawkeye
Luncheon
9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Solon United Methodist Church.
Solon Public Library 50th Birthday Party
& Ice Cream Social
3-5 p.m.
Sponsored by the Solon Public Library Board,
the library’s foundation and the Friends of the
Solon Library.
Timber DOME Lodge, Solon Recreation and
Nature Area
9 a.m.-1 p.m.: 1-hour tours of Solon every 45
minutes, originating at Solon Recreation and
Nature Area.
9 a.m.-1 p.m.: Master folk artist Marj Nejdl,
Czech egg decorating.
9 a.m.-1 p.m.: Historical photos, artifacts on
display; Solon High School history project; Local
businesses histories.
12:30 p.m.: Bike Parade
1-10 p.m.: Food vendors open.
2-10 p.m.: Beer tent open.
Chautauqua Tent
Solon Recreation and Nature Area
11 a.m.-1 p.m.: Solon school music, dance.
1-2:30 p.m.: Historical Fashion Parade: Runway
show of clothing styles through the decades.
Military uniform tribute - Marching band
performance.
2:30-3 p.m.: Czech “Fireflies” children’s music
performance.
3-4:30 p.m.: Protovin Czech skit
1-4 p.m.: Old Fashioned Children’s activities and
games
Musical Stage
Solon Recreation and Nature Area
5-7 p.m.: The Tornadoes Blues Band
7-10 p.m.: Bob Dorr and the Blue Band
10 p.m.: Fireworks display
Sponsored by the Solon Area Community
Foundation.
SUNDAY, SEPT. 20, 2015
11 a.m.-1 p.m.: St. Mary Catholic Church Fall
Festival, St. Mary Catholic Church.
1:30-2:30 p.m.: Ecumenical worship service
under the Chautauqua Tent, featuring local
musicians.
SOLON’S 175TH ANNIVERSARY
CHAUTAUQUA
Schedule of Events
ART BY DAVID DAUGHERTY
FRIDAY, SATURDAY & SUNDAY SEPT. 18, 19 & 20, 2015
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